Look Inside Teachers' Notes An easy format retelling of the classic fairy tale, Billy Goats Gruff and how the goats trick a troll living under a bridge. Newly re-illustrated with a fresh and modern look, these Beginning-to-Read books foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying classic fairy tales and folklore stories. Educators' resources include reading reinforcement activities and a word list in the back. Activities focus on foundational, language and reading skills. Sections include phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
Counting is an integral part of this reprint of Margaret Hillert's original, simplified fairy tale series. One, two, three, one two three. Children will be reading this simple text with almost no introduction or assistance. Today's children may find the sparse text and traditional illustrations a bit hard to follow, but it does give young readers a chance to practice their reading skills with a limited vocabulary text. Because of these limitations, I do not recommend this book for pleasure reading but for in-class practice with sight word reading. The book lists forty sight words used throughout the text which can easily be incorporated into sight word instruction with the Dolch 220 list or other popular sight word records. Literacy consultant Shannon Cannon has added activities teachers may find helpful as extensions of the story to emphasize the letter name and sound of U, as well as the concept of shared reading.
Children's Literature Review
This is a fun and lighthearted retelling of the Three Bill Goats Gruff. The scary troll holds his fork and knife ready to eat the goats, but they are too quick and strong for him. Young readers will love the humor of beating the troll. 4/5
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, 2011
This particular series takes off from the Three Billy Goat Gruff. Once again the author has taken an old fairytale and simplified it to help parents or the teacher to enhance reading. This simple fairytale engulfs the reader right into the book. It is an eye-catcher for beginning readers! The sentences are short and to the point. The book introduces beginning site words. These words are used throughout the text. Near the end of the book there is a section on Reading Reinforcement. This book is fantastic! This story uses 45 words to help get the beginning reader to read independently. Teachers will find this book very beneficial in helping children to learn to read.
Richmond Independent School District