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Author: Rachael Mortimer

Illustrator: Liz Pichon

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: This story starts out like the classic Three Billy Goats Gruff, with a grouchy troll living under a bridge and three goat brothers who have to walk over his bridge to get to the green grass on the other side. The troll threatens to eat the goats if they keep tramping over his bridge and making so much noise. They tell their Mom, who ponders this threat while she knits at night. She forms a brilliant plan! She knits booties for her kids so they don't make noise when they tramp over the bridge. She also makes the troll earmuffs and a cozy blanket so he can sleep in peace and quiet under the bridge. The problem is solved! This is a fractured fairy tale that adds a new ending to an old story.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 3.1

Age of Child: Read with a 3½ year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter and I both loved this book. She gave it an immediate thumbs up. She really enjoyed it and I was not surprised that we read this many times!

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed this book fun new take on a classic tale. It would be great paired with other versions of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. I thought the characters were endearing and I liked how they worked to solve the problem and make everyone happy.

Pros: A not so scary troll and a happy ending make this a fun story to share with children. I could see many uses in the classroom too (see below).

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book was adorable and my daughter enjoyed reading it multiple times. If your child enjoys classic tales, they will love this book. I have already recommended it to my friends who love to knit because knitting saves the day!

If You Liked This Book, Try: Three Silly Girls Grubb by Ann Hassett WOLF PIE   URGENCY EMERGENCY! BIG BAD WOLF   INTERRUPTING CHICKEN

Educational Themes: Lots of ideas come to mind for exploring this story: folktales, fairy tales, and compare and contrast ideas (e.g., loud/quiet). There is a lot of talk in education right now about STEM, STEAM and the maker movement. I think the mother goat embodies this. She sees a problem and creates something to fix it.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, fairy tale

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

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