Indie Soul Book Review: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Legend of Jocko


Schools will let out for summer vacation very soon but that does not mean your child should take a break from learning. Here are two books that should be on your child’s summer reading list:


“The Three Billy Goats Gruff” by Paul Galdone: This was one of my favorite books as a kid. It’s the story of a troll and three goats that wanted to get over to the other side of the bridge for food. For me it was about being picked on because of size and finding someone else your own size to pick on. For others it could be something else. The book comes with toys based on the characters in the book so young readers can re-enact the story. This tests their comprehension, vocabulary, memory, and listening skills. Galdone has written numerous books using some old school favorites. His books are available on

The Legend of Jocko-Child Hero of the American Revolution by Waymon Eugene LeFall: When I read this book I had to do some research because I was always told that lawn jockeys were symbols of America’s racist history. That is a myth and LeFall has written a book not just for kids and teens but for adults as well. It is a great history lesson about Jocko Graves and his contributions to the American Revolution. The book is filled with information that you and your family can research together to gain more insight and information. LeFall is not just trying to tell you a story, he is using this as a platform to educate you as well. This is a must have for your book collection.

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