Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The first time I read Paul Galdone's The Three Billy Goats Gruff (c. 1973) to the kids, I read it dramatically, giving voice to each character, and, consequently, scared them to death.  Ooops!  The second time I read it (a three-second follow-up to the first reading), I dropped the voices, and the kids loved the story.  All that to say, Momma is scary and Paul Galdone is not.

You must pick up this book from the library!  Galdone does a phenomenal job of retelling the classic folktale (which I believe originated in the Norwegian oral tradition - please, please correct me if I'm mistaken!) with his characteristic wit and humor.  It depends on your child's sensibilities as to whether the troll is scary or not.  We think he's ridiculously hideous . . . which lends a purposeful hilarity to the character.

Whenever we check out The Three Billy Goats Gruff, I get hoarse from re-reading it so many times (yep, the kids now beg for the dramatic voices).  There's a certain satisfaction of good triumphing over bad that kids implore to hear again and again!


  1. Hello! I adore my copy of Lilly! Thank you! Funny you would mention this book. I was just thinking about it. My mom did fun voices too. I loved her reading to us. I loved her voices. But it always made me frustrated that troll under the bridge was always such a pill. I thought he was scary indeed. (Ha! Kinda like my story about The Gingerbread Boy.)

  2. Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa ( may be another solution to hoarse and sore throat. i know a lot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious sore or hoarse throat. Hope you are getting well soon!!!

  3. I didnt know it was Noweign. I love knowing the backstories of classics. I love a the vintage stories and books you feature. We really do have rich literary childhoods, don't we?