Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NO MORE BITING FOR BILLY GOAT! by Bernette Ford, illustrated by Sam Williams

Lexile     AD360          Pages     32          Ages     2 - 5
 AR Quiz No. 158156 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

It is Billy Goat's first day of school and he is too shy to join the fun and games until a helpful classmate, Ducky, persuades him to join Bunny, Piglet, and Lambkin in a game of ball. He whispers to the group that he would like to play too, but they don't hear him. Frustrated, Billy bites Bunny on the tail! Then, not sure how to play the game, Billy bites again when Piggy objects to him grabbing the ball out of turn. With all of this biting going on, the group of friends are starting to not want Billy around! But then Ducky intervenes once again, calmly explaining that Billy needs to speak up and teaching him how to play the game.

At snack time, while eating his apple, Billy declares, "No more biting for Billy Goat!" to which  Ducky replies, "Right! Teeth are for biting food, not friends!"

No More Biting for Billy Goat addresses an issue that many parents face - dealing with a biter. I think the story of Billly and his friends is a good one for both parents and children. Sometimes parents don't realize that their children bite out of fear or frustration, and children, while knowing that biting hurts, don't think about the idea that if they bite their friends, soon no one will want to play with them.

Ford's story, along with Williams' adorable charcoal and watercolor illustrations, will show children that biting is not a good way to express themselves. Also, it will help non-biters understand the reasons other children bite and how they can help them stop.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

 No More Biting for Billy Goat can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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