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.