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The Goat of Many Colors
     

The Goat of Many Colors

by Cuyler Black
 

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"Gus the goat discovers he loves to dive. The other goats think that’s odd. Then someone makes a mistake and paints Gus’s hair. Now the goats like him. But is it the paint that makes him special? This creative twist to the story of Joseph and his colorful coat teaches that God gives each person special gifts. "

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"Gus the goat discovers he loves to dive. The other goats think that’s odd. Then someone makes a mistake and paints Gus’s hair. Now the goats like him. But is it the paint that makes him special? This creative twist to the story of Joseph and his colorful coat teaches that God gives each person special gifts. "

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The Midwest Book Review
The Goat of Many Colors is an original interpretation of the well known Bible story of Joseph and the coat of many colors, rethought especially for kids. Narrated by a comic pair of animals, a yakky flamingo and an interrupting anteater, The Goat of Many Colors tells the tale of a diving goat with special gifts who finds his true calling in a herd of wild goats after being rejected because of his differentness by the regular herd. It’s a rollicking tale with a solid faith-reinforcing ending, and every page is crammed with humorous cartoons and funny puns and jokes. The Goat of Many Colors is sure to make kids want to read more Bible stories and be true to themselves and God just to see where all the laughs are coming from.
Booklist Francisca Goldsmith
This action- and wit-packed riff on the biblical story of Joseph’s coat uses a comics format to painlessly show how being different from one’s herd can be a challenge, a potential power, and a disguise. The bright artwork features a storytelling flamingo and a less-than-patient anteater as the visible and verbal audience to this lively and endearing morality tale within a morality tale. There is no heavyweight theology in this one, but lots of opportunity to discuss insights---as well as puns.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Flamingo and Anteater engage in humorous banter as they narrate stories related to the Old Testament. Get Me to the Ark joins a host of other picture books about Noah. This time the giraffes have the starring role. Although the other animals laugh at their long necks and legs, those attributes help them rescue the slow-moving turtles from the impending flood. Their unselfish love for others is rewarded when they have the honor of disembarking first at journey's end. Black uses Jacob's gift to Joseph of a multicolored coat as a jumping-off point for the tale of Gus, an unusual goat that loves to dive and swim. Jacob's elderly servant misunderstands his master's instructions and paints Gus to create a goat of many colors. Frightened by this treatment, Gus flees to a herd of wild goats that designate him as leader because of his unusual markings. He enjoys the privileges that come from being "top goat" until his orders almost lead to tragedy. When he dives in a pond to save a small goat, his paint washes away, and the others feel deceived. However, they all soon realize that each has a special, God-given talent. The color cartoon illustrations are pleasant but unexceptional. These picture books could serve as supplemental titles in church libraries open to using humor as a way to convey messages of faith.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310716341
Publisher:
Zonderkidz
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
776,059
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Cuyler Black has over fifteen years of experience in youth ministry. His faith has influenced his love of cartooning, and the result is Inherit the Mirth, a line of greeting cards, calendars, and more. A native of Canada, Cuyler currently lives in Connecticut.

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