From “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” to Dr. Seuss – Jennie Fitzkee

Reblogged from A Teacher’s Reflections:

This week began with National Fairy Tale Day and ended with Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  I was in my glory.  So were the children.

We voted on our favorite fairy tale.  The Three Billy Goats Gruff won, hands-down.  This was a bit of a surprise to me, as Jack and the Beanstalk usually wins.  Never a dull moment with children.  Always a delightful surprise.

This is my version of the book, well worn from decades of reading aloud.  After two days of reading, the children were not ready to let it go.  That speaks volumes for fairy tales, in general.  By the second reading, children had memorized key phrases like “I’m going to gobble you up.”  They delighted in reciting the words of the troll, “Be off with you”, in unison.  This was accompanied by fifteen dramatic, sweeping arms pointing to the billy goats.  So much fun!

By the next day, I sensed the children both wanted and needed more.  What better than an impromptu play performance!  Thirty minutes of picking parts, arranging the classroom, and practicing was all we needed.  After all, they practically knew the story by heart.  I rushed down to the Pre-K class and invited them to be our audience.  Many of those children were in my class last year.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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9 Responses to From “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” to Dr. Seuss – Jennie Fitzkee

  1. Jennie says:

    Thank you for sharing this story, Sue. Always an honor to be here.


  2. Darlene says:

    I just love this post!!


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