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G is for Goat
     

G is for Goat

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by Patricia Polacco
 

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Letter by letter, meet cart-pulling goats; clothes-munching goats; head-butting, hill-climbing, tail-wagging goats! Cats, chicks, dogs, and bunnies play along with these friendly goats, joining in the fun. From A is for Apple to Z is for Zoe, these rascally animals just won’t stop until they’ve romped through the whole alphabet. Patricia Polacco,

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Letter by letter, meet cart-pulling goats; clothes-munching goats; head-butting, hill-climbing, tail-wagging goats! Cats, chicks, dogs, and bunnies play along with these friendly goats, joining in the fun. From A is for Apple to Z is for Zoe, these rascally animals just won’t stop until they’ve romped through the whole alphabet. Patricia Polacco, beloved author and proud owner and friend of many goats, has created another wonderful book to be treasured by all.

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bn.com
The alphabet goes to the goats in this gently jovial ABC's picture book from author Patricia Polacco. In the author's signature style, a young girl wearing colorful clothes of the Old Country frolics with her goats ("G is for Goats, they nibble my nose, billies and bucks, nannies and does"), feeds them ("L is for Lunch -- get out of their way! M is for Munch; clothes taste better than hay"), and tends to them in the fields with her sisters. Brightly colored patterns and playful scenes convey simple country charm, while challenging words and a sweet message provide young readers with a fun way to learn their ABC's. Polacco fans will find 26 reasons to appreciate goats here -- and even more reasons to adore the beloved author.
Publishers Weekly
Patricia Polacco celebrates goats and their antics in G Is for Goat. In a rhyming text, the artist's signature babushka-clad girls cope with nannies and kids: "P is for Push,/ when goats just won't go./ Q is for Quit,/ when goats just say no." The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations depict a busy barnyard indeed. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Polacco's latest exuberant offering is a complete ABC of goats, with a satisfying story line developed along the way from A to Z in its brief rhyming text. A little, goat-loving girl, attired in old-Eastern-European kerchiefs and pinafores, romps with her beloved goats, succinctly observing their quirks and antics: "E is for Ears, some floppy, some not. F is for Flowers, which goats eat a lot. L is for Lunch—get out of their way! M is for Munch; clothes taste better than hay." The text and art take a darker turn by V: "V is for Vet—we think something's wrong! W is for Wait, which we do all night long." But all turns out well, as the "sick" goat turns out not to be sick at all, but the proud mother of three new kids, who end the alphabet with their trio of Z names: Zig, Zag, and Zoe! According to the book-jacket blurb, Polacco "shares her homestead with a family of goats," and her extensive knowledge of and deep fondness for these sometimes-maligned creatures shows through on every action-packed page, crammed full with the amusing and exasperating presence of goats. 2003, Philomel/Penguin Putnam,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Another treat for those who enjoyed Babushka's Mother Goose (Philomel, 1995) and love animals. A barefoot shepherd girl in Polacco's trademark colorful costume cuddles and frolics with rambunctious goats. The rhyming text, which alternates from special to ordinary, covers these animated creatures from "A is for Apple, the best treat of all" to "Z- amaZing!/Three babies came- /Zig, Zag and Zo' will be their names." Surrounded by idyllic scenes of flapping ducks, lapping kittens, and running dogs, the charming animals will energize any storytime. The movement is flawless in these compositions. In fact, the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations against white backgrounds steal the spotlight, with charming details such as a singing bluebird perched on a goat's back. A delight.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Goats gambol happily through the rural landscape of Polacco's lively alphabet book. There are loads of goat facts and lots of fun too. There are cart races, head-butting, jumping, and climbing. And of course, munching, nibbling, and tasting. Polacco moves from A to Z in a rhyming text that indicates her deep fondness for these creatures. There is a slight story here, a day of goat activities capped by a visit from the veterinarian and the birth of three baby goats. Each goat has a distinct personality in bright, cheerful pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. The little girl, obviously a portrait of Polacco's younger self, exudes love, concern, and joy in her animal-filled life. The alphabet format is perhaps not the best choice. It's a bit choppy and cannot stand alone. The delightful, charming illustrations are the work's saving grace. They provide the meaning and make the story flow. Just for fun-and for goat-lovers. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142405505
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/02/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
210,959
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco currently resides in Michigan, where she has a glorious old farm that was built during the time of Lincoln.

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G Is For Goat (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Popular children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco's love for the goats with whom she shares her Michigan farm is evident on the funny, sunny pages of this rhyming alphabet book. Beginning with 'A is for apple, the best treat of all. B is for Billy, what boy goats are called,' and concluding with 'Z...amaZing! Three babies came...Zig, Zag and Zoe will be their names,' young readers are treated to vivid descriptions of what goats look like, what they're fond of doing, and their favorite foods. Polacco's trademark bold watercolor illustrations of the animals and babushka wearing girls are eye-catching and whimsical.