Little Apple Goat

Little Apple Goat

by Caroline Jayne Church
     
 

Little Apple Goat is ordinary in every way -- except for one. Instead of munching on oats or grass or laundry left on the line, she prefers to eat fruit from the orchard.

But one stormy night, all of the fruit trees in the orchard are destroyed. The trunks are chopped down and the land is cleared. The farm animals cannot imagine life without the orchard, and Little

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Overview

Little Apple Goat is ordinary in every way -- except for one. Instead of munching on oats or grass or laundry left on the line, she prefers to eat fruit from the orchard.

But one stormy night, all of the fruit trees in the orchard are destroyed. The trunks are chopped down and the land is cleared. The farm animals cannot imagine life without the orchard, and Little Apple Goat doesn't know how she will manage without her fruit.

But time passes, and something mysterious begins to happen on the farm . . .

Sweet, colorful illustrations bring to life this clever tale that will charm young readers and also introduce them to the changing seasons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this wisp of a tale, the cutie-pie protagonist is "ordinary in every way"-with one major exception: while other goats are content to chomp on garbage and clothes, she loves anything that grows in an orchard. Then, having chowed down on apples, pears and cherries, she does what readers probably wish they could do, if it weren't for the constraints of polite society: she simply spits out the pits and seeds-"Plippety plip!" -as she trots back to the barn. Little Apple Goat doesn't think twice about the long-term impact of her actions until a storm destroys her beloved fruit trees, and all the seeds and pits she's been unintentionally planting create a brand-new orchard every bit as fecund and pretty as its predecessor. Church's (One Smart Goose) cartoon animals and cheery rural scenes, rendered in boldly outlined collages and watercolors, exude a happy, toy-like charm. But kids may be bothered by the way time passes-it takes years for the orchard to establish itself, and Little Apple Goat is still the same spunky kid she was in the opening pages. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature
When an ordinary little farm goat has an unusual diet, the young reader turns the pages to find out what he eats. Fruit! The little goat eats only fruit--apples, pears, and cherries. Other goats are content to eat grass, flowers, and the laundry that is drying on the line. Little Apple Goat spends all his time eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the orchard, but even a goat spits out the seeds and pits, not noticing that they flew over the hedge. When a wild storm comes through, all the fruit trees are toppled. As time passes, something puzzling happens. New trees began to grow, and eventually replaced the fallen trees. Years later, no one could imagine where those beautiful trees came from. Caroline J. Church has written and illustrated charming farm animals, a cow, duck, and goats on a bright green background. This is a sweet story, hardly scientific, but useful to show the seasonal changes and the propagation of plants and trees. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
Kirkus Reviews
Just in time for the autumn apple harvest comes this sweet rustic tale of an ordinary goat-ordinary except for her eating habits, that is. Little Apple Goat eschews the normal goat fare of "last week's leftovers, or Wednesday's washing," in favor of apples, pears and cherries. She trots up to the orchard each fall day to feast, and on her way back home spits the seeds over the hedge. Year follows year, until one day there is a terrible storm that destroys the beloved orchard. But surprise, surprise, Little Apple Goat has sown the seeds of her own happiness (quite literally), and the delighted farm animals enjoy more autumns in a new orchard. Church's watercolor, collage and ink artwork lends a pastoral feel to the illustrations, especially with the flecked-paper backgrounds. Her characters are winsomely appealing with facial expressions to match. This is a delightful addition to autumnal collections. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802853202
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
642,624
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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