Primary March 2019 (2)August 1st, 2018 | Posted by in 2018-2019 | 2018-2019 Primary | Primary (Grades K-2) | March
Pinkney, Jerry. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Little, Brown, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–316–34157–8)
This mostly faithful retelling of the traditional tale stars the familiar trio of goats crossing a bridge guarded by a terrible troll to reach a lush pasture. After the smallest and mid-size goats successfully outwit the troll and cross the bridge, the largest billy goat Gruff butts the creature into the river. There, in a moment of satisfying reciprocity, the troll narrowly escapes a close encounter with a huge and hungry fish. Jerry Pinkney’s trademark pencil and watercolor illustrations masterfully capture his subjects, from charming goats to a deliciously menacing troll. Observant readers who follow the story into the endpapers will see hints of a new community where goats and troll live cooperatively. ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center
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