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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

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The three billy goats gruff are hungry for the sweet green grass on the other side of the stream. To get there, they must pass the big hairy troll who lives underneath the bridge and wants to eat them for dinner. Will the billy goats reach the safe side before the hungry troll makes them his next meal? Brought playfully to life by the rich collage illustrations of Roberta ...more
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Published March 1st 2007 by Barefoot Books
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Kate Hamblett
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Billy goats cunningly fool the troll under the bridge into not eating them, and manage to get over the bridge to the sweet green grass on the other side. The troll get's greedy and waits for the big billy goat, which promptly kicks him into the water. As the cliche goes: they all lived happily ever after.

This story shows how being greedy doesn't pay off and that that you can get out of situations if you are crafty, although I'm not sure you'd want children using the latter when they
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Cheriee Weichel
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one was kid tested on kindergarten and grade ones this week. The illustrations are gorgeous with an Eric Carle feel to them. To be honest, the story itself is one I love to tell or read out loud anyway because it has all kinds of potential for student interaction and it's just so much fun to read the voices of the different characters. This one is especially hilarious because it has the troll singing a hilarious song that I sang and had the children sing with me.
I'm a troll from a deep
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Jacqueline Campos
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Nicole Gonzalez
Three billy goats wander the green grass lands in search of food. Only to notice that there is nice green grass on the other side of a bridge that is guarded by a mean hairy troll. Roberta Arenson illustrates the characters of the story in a way that is depicts their own personalities with vibrant color.

The book reminds me of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book. The book reminds me of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book because it has almost the same color scheme. The pictures are vibrant and
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Baylee Washburn
In this retelling of the traditionally story, three billy goats trick a mean troll who lives under the bridge so that they can cross over the river and eat the green grass on the other side. This retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff uses repetition several times throughout the story. Each of the three goats says the same lines before crossing the bridge to get to the greener grass on the other side of the river. Furthermore, the evil troll who lives under the bridge repeats the same threat ...more
Karishma
One of my childhood favourites, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ is retold by Mary Finch describing three billy goats desire to cross over the trolls bridge to the side where the grass is greener. The repetitive aspects of the storyline make it ideal for young children to follow and the plot can easily be embedded into their minds and the jaunty rhyme for when the troll appears is catchy. It vaguely touches on subjects such as intimidation and bullying but not in an obvious way. The illustrations ...more
Burton Wolfe
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdg-291
Those darn trolls! I love this book because it tells of three gots just minding their own business when a greedy troll pops his head up and won't let them cross the bridge. With quick thinking the goats talk the troll into waiting until the last goat which will be the biggest and provide the troll the biggest feast. The troll doesn't realize though that the last goat is way too big for him to handle and he gets thrown into the river below the bridge. Awesome book. Another classic that I remember ...more
Veronica Ruiz
I chose this book because I remember hearing the story of the three billy goats gruff when I was younger but I didn't quite remember how it ended. As i read the book it was all coming back to me. However, I did not like the ending. The billy goats sell out their older brother to the troll living under the bridge. they tell the troll not to eat them but instead eat there older brother because he more tastier. The troll didn't eat anyone because the last billy goat scared him away. I just found ...more
Lindsay
I told this classic story with three goat puppets and a monster puppet. It is one of the best stories I've told with props/puppets/flannelboard art. The repetition used as each goat (except the biggest billy goat Gruff) crosses the bridge helps young children develop their narrative skills. The kids thought it was hilarious how I used the biggest billy goat Gruff to knock the monster off the bridge into the "river." I will definitely do this story again.
Tim
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
It may just be the repetition and simplicity of the plot that make this book so suspenseful as it builds toward the final showdown between goat and troll.
And the moral of the story? "The grass is always greener..." Or, "There's always a bigger goat."
The pictures look almost like those of Eric Carle - Rough, simple and accessible to kids. It makes you feel like you could go make them yourself.
Sarah
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The imagery was very neat, and is probably really fun for little children, but the story for me was not very interesting. It was a cliche' tale about a troll under a bridge who wont let people or animals pass to the other side. I could probably work for younger aged children but overall I think there may be better books or even better versions of this book.
Peter Houlihan
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
remember this tale from my childhood my Dad would come and say good night turn out the light and close my bedroom door but before l went to sleep l would look under my bed to see if the Troll was there then go off to sleep loved it!
Ellen Hunter
It was a fun story to read but there was no moral to it. They basically all threw each other under the bus to get passed the troll until finally one of them butted him off. It was loaded with great imagery and diction, however I would not want to teach it in my classroom.
Paula
Wonderful bright illustrations for the well known folktale of three goats that trick the troll into letting them all pass over the bridge.
Suzanne
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Great version of a classic. Barefoot books are just wonderful!
Amanda Inkenbrandt
Emily loves these colorful illustrations!
Asia Alexander
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folk
Setting: Green pastures over the bridge
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For the classroom: Great book for teaching children folktales and about character traits or adjectives even!
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