Giddy Goat

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Giddy isn't like other mountain goats who relish picnics high atop The Needle, the highest mountain around. Stand Giddy on a mountain ledge and his head starts spinning, his face turns white, and his knees turn to jelly. When Giddy runs away to join the sheep on the valley floor, he finds his place is still with the goats, but now he has to find a way to overcome his fear of heights. Luckily, his new friends, Edmund, a lamb who wants to be a rock climber, helps out.
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Overview

Giddy isn't like other mountain goats who relish picnics high atop The Needle, the highest mountain around. Stand Giddy on a mountain ledge and his head starts spinning, his face turns white, and his knees turn to jelly. When Giddy runs away to join the sheep on the valley floor, he finds his place is still with the goats, but now he has to find a way to overcome his fear of heights. Luckily, his new friends, Edmund, a lamb who wants to be a rock climber, helps out.
Humorous illustrations bring to life this light-hearted and charming story. The theme of overcoming a fear by helping a friend supports character education.

A mountain goat who is afraid of heights decides to live in the valley with the sheep, but when he hears a lost lamb on the mountain he must find the courage to overcome his fear.

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Giddy is an aptly named dysfunctional mountain goat. "Stand him on a ledge and his knees would turn to jelly," writes Rix (One Hot Penguin). When his family chooses a pointy peak known as "the Needle" for a picnic-an event that Chapman (Bad Hare Day) portrays with gravity-defying gusto-Giddy "was so terrified that he couldn't move a muscle." But when a lamb from the valley becomes stranded in the mountains, Giddy "find[s] the fearless goat inside himself" and bounds to the rescue-an act that not only wins him a new friend, but also unites the mountain and valley herds. The story feels overloaded with purpose-it's about conquering fears and the value of friendship and overcoming prejudice-and Rix's eager, heavily descriptive prose grows pun-heavy (e.g., "The lamb looked sheepish") and monotonous. Despite the animated-cartoon-like charm of Chapman's bright, hyper-alpine setting, depending on one's taste, the wide-eyed, barrel-bodied goats are either cutie pies with hooves (the females have long flirty lashes) or borderline saccharine. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-Misunderstood by his fearless, cliff-loving family, a young acrophobic goat runs away from home. Seeking refuge on a sheep meadow, he is soon sent away by a snobby old ram. Feeling as though there is no place for him in the world, Giddy suddenly hears the cry of a lamb lost on the mountain and resolves that he must "find the fearless goat inside himself" and go to the rescue. Making his way up steep rocks, Giddy locates the animal. Edmund longs to climb, and before long, the two animals have forged a bond. They work together to hone their mountaineering skills and build a relationship despite their differences. Filled with a mix of messages about the power of friendship, the importance of individuality, and the need to look beyond stereotypes, the story is a bit heavy-handed. However, the accessible text moves at a quick pace and the artwork is colorful and appealing. The textured cartoon paintings, in an array of Popsicle-bright colors, depict expressive animals and dramatic landscapes. An additional purchase that might provide a bit of bibliotherapy.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780769631615
  • Publisher: School Specialty Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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