The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachel Mortimer is a new twist on the classic The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Told mostly from the viewpoint of the troll, this story follows the classic plot of three goats who trip-trap across a troll’s bridge. The troll is losing sleep and losing his temper. Luckily, mother goat has a knack for knitting and whips up a solution– fluffy booties for the goats and earmuffs for the troll!
The word “fluffy” was a new word for Logan. I decided to use this book as a springboard for building on his descriptive vocabulary. We went on a hunt around the house looking for “fluffy” items. Of course, he had to using his new “ni-noculars” from Papa Higgins.
I was inspired to try this language lesson after reading an example lesson on descriptive words in the Literacy Beginnings Handbook by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas. Pinnell and Fountas explain that children’s ability to express themselves is related to the words they understand. If they hear it and understand it, they will use it, right? This is important since vocabulary is a significant contribution to reading comprehension.
Other ways to build descriptive vocabulary:
- sort a basket of household items by descriptive words (fluffy, rough, etc)
- point out descriptive words in books or poems and then find an example of the word in the room
- keep a list of descriptive words you have encountered
The boys loved this particular story, they also acted out the story at a local conservation center! This hike had lots of bridges which were perfect for my two trip-trapping goats!
We were sent a free copy of this book from TigerTales in exchange for our honest review.
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