Review of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a Lifetime Book

Three Billy Goats GruffSome books have the language to move our imagination, and some pictures combine into a classic presentation that moves the soul.  Such a book is “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.”

I was at teacher training on Thursday, reviewing the techniques of doing a read-aloud book. There was a display table with various quality books for this purpose.  Forty-four years after first being read about the billy goats, I felt a shock of recognition, a memory of laughter, happiness, and the freedom of childhood.

Some books have the power to hook the class, and I knew this would one.  The sing-song of the repeated phrases, the winning and friendly faces of the billy goats, the horribly ugly but still funny troll – the book is magical.

I went on line and bought another copy right then and there.  This would be my third.  The first was at my childhood home.  The second was in the home where I raised my children.  The third would be in my classroom.  Where did the other copies go?   They were worn out.  Some books are worth a second read.  Some are worth 5 or ten.  But Three Billy Goats Gruff is a lifetime book.  Thank you Paul Goldone.

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