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Clay Boy – Book Favorite For Children

Want an awesome story that transitions your toddler our of reading the very basic ‘see spot run’ type books?  I always assumed our preschool favorite Clay Boy, by Mirra Ginsburg, was only for ages 3-5, but I’m delighted to write that my 2 year old twins LOVE it.  They suffer from the inability to sit still for 5 minutes (like their mother), but they will sit happily to read this tale.  It is the perfect book to capture this age’s attention because there is aways something exciting happening and lot of action to keep your little one focused.  It has the same exciting build up like Three Billy Goat’s Gruff and uses word repetition so within a few times of first reading the book, your little one is chanting “More, I Want More!

This book comes highly recommended from the preschool where my kids attend.  The story is the retelling of a Russian Folktale and it’s main characters are: Grandma, Grandpa, Clay Boy, and a golden goat.  Grandma and Grandpa make a boy out of clay to keep them company, but they aren’t prepared for Clay Boy’s appetite and soon he eats all the food in the house.  He continues to eat the village and all the people and animals in it.  Are you a little horrified? I was too the first time I read it, but the children LOVE it.  It has a very happy ending with the clever golden goat’s saving village and people.

I found this book on the Canadian Amazon site. That’s good news for Canadians….great prices too!


For US residents, the American Amazon site also carries this book. Here is the link for you to save shipping costs.



Three Billy Goat’s Gruff – Favorite Things

My favorite book as a child was Three Billy Goats Gruff.  When Francesco was 2 years old, my mom brought over my copy from when I was little and I happily set about reading it.  My husband sitting nearby listening was horrified as he heard me happily read “rip you to bits, body, and bones”.  His comment was “that’s a little violent don’t you think?”  I laughed because I was so rigid as a first time parent, but I couldn’t resist those delicious words that had brought me so much joy to listen to.  The book took me back in time and although some of the words are surprising at first, all kids LOVE this story.  My boys laughed in delight as my voice became small and quiet for the 1st billy goat to cross the bridge – then loud and booming for the 3rd billy goat.  This book not only tells an amusing story, but helps kick start your child’s desire to role-play.  I can’t tell you how many parks where I’ve ‘trip trapped over the bridge’ as a billy boat gruff or pretended to be the troll.  It’s still works like magic even for my 6 year old!

This book is awesome and it’s on my list of favorite things for boys or girls.  Again, because of the fun way to read the story, this book can be introduced early to kids and they can grow into it.  I laugh when I remember Ray’s reaction and I’m glad I gave this book a chance because it’s become a staple in my children’s library.  I have an extra copy of this booked tucked away for when my first grandchild is born to pass on the love of this story.



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