The Billy Goat’s Gruff
An Aesop’s Fable
Once, there were three goats.
One goat was little. One goat was big. But one goat was huge!
The little goat said, “I want to eat. I want grass. Grass is delicious! ”
The big goat said, “There is no grass here.”
There was a small amount of grass left. But there was a great deal of grass in the distance!
In the distance, there was a lot of grass. In the distance, there was also a river. The grass was across the river. Fortunately, there was a big bridge.
The delicious grass was across the bridge. So the goats wanted to cross the bridge.
The little goat arrived at the bridge. TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP. But there was a big problem!
On the bridge, there was a monster! The monster was huge! The terrible monster ate goats.
The little goat was on the bridge. He saw the monster and said, “Oh no! A monster!”
“HA HA! A delicious goat! I will eat you, “said the monster.
“No! Don’t eat me! Don’t eat me!” said the little goat.
But the little goat was smart. He said, “Don’t eat me! Eat my brother. My brother is delicious! My brother is big! My brother will cross the bridge in two minutes.”
The monster said “Your brother is a BIG and delicious goat?!”
“Yes, he’s big!” said the goat.
The monster said, “Fantastic! Yes… cross the bridge ”
The little goat crossed the bridge! He crossed quickly with a TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP.
Finally, the little goat ate the grass!
In two minutes, a second goat arrived. TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP. It was the big goat. He was the little goat’s brother. The brother was big and delicious.
The monster said, “HA HA! You’re a big goat! You’re delicious! I will eat you!”
“No! Don’t eat me! Don’t eat me!” said the big goat.
But the little goat was smart. He said, “Don’t eat me! Eat my brother. My brother is delicious! My brother is not just big, he is HUGE! My brother will cross the bridge in two minutes.”
The monster thought about it. “Huh … huge? And delicious? Fantastic! I will eat your brother,” said the monster. “Cross!”
Quickly, the big goat crossed the bridge. TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP. He arrived at the grass. Finally, he ate the delicious grass.
In two minutes, one final goat arrived. But it was not a normal goat. It was HUGE! He crossed the bridge with a huge TRIP! TRAP! TRIP! TRAP! The bridge trembled! BOOM BOOM BOOM!
The monster was stupid. He said, “Oh no! A huge goat! ”
The huge goat was furious! “You’re a terrible monster. You eat innocent little goats!” The huge goat attacked the monster. The monster fell into the river. That was the end of the monster.
Finally, the huge goat crossed the bridge. He arrived at the delicious grass. He also arrived where the brothers were. “Brothers!” said the huge goat. The brothers were happy. They ate delicious grass… in peace.