Pashmina the Little Christmas Goat

Pashmina the Little Christmas Goat

by Geraldine Elschner, Angela Kehlenbeck
     
 
Christmas is coming, and Simon is running low on food for his family. When he stumbles upon a goat in the mountains, he's delighted to have found a Christmas feast. But the children fall in love with the little goat, and are heartsick at the thought of cooking him. They convince their parents to spare him, and they name him Pashmina.

Soon their kindness pays off.

Overview

Christmas is coming, and Simon is running low on food for his family. When he stumbles upon a goat in the mountains, he's delighted to have found a Christmas feast. But the children fall in love with the little goat, and are heartsick at the thought of cooking him. They convince their parents to spare him, and they name him Pashmina.

Soon their kindness pays off. Pashmina's hair grows in so quickly that they keep having to shave him, and when they sell his mohair at the market, they make enough money to support the family through the rest of the winter. From then on Simon tells the story of the goat who escaped the cooking pot by a hair.... A poignant and beautiful story of sacrifice, perfect for Christmas.

About the Authors: Geraldine Elschner lives in Heidelberg, Germany.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What could be tastier for Christmas dinner than a fresh roast? A little goat trapped in the snow looks to be a prime candidate for a struggling family's holiday meal-but neither parents nor children have the heart to take the life of the fluffy, friendly creature. Before long, the snowy white goat, now named Pashmina, returns their Christmas kindness with the gift of luxurious wool from her coat. This tale and its accompanying airy, pastoral scenes warm like a pair of mohair mittens. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
On the cold, snowy day before Christmas, Manja sends her husband out to find something special for the family. He frees a tiny goat tangled in some branches and carries it home. Hungry as they are, they cannot eat the little one, whom they name Pashmina. As she grows, they note her soft, fluffy hair. When she sheds it in the spring, Manja spins it into a special yarn to sell at market. With the money, they buy a billy-goat. After a time, they have a goat family, and the whole village is spinning the yarn and making clothing. Pashmina has escaped the cooking pot "by just a hair," and with her wool has perhaps said, "Thank you." The sweet tale is appropriately introduced on the front of the cover by the picture of the appealing young goat and sprigs of holly amid the snowy landscape. The front endpapers depict a small village and a distant hut amid the snow under a dark, starry sky, while the back endpapers, like the back cover, show the puffs of snow flying into the sky with a sketched goat inside one. The double-page scenes follow the goat's growth and the evolution of the cottage industry using a fuzzy, somewhat impressionistic naturalism. The warm-hearted low-key tale reinforces the moral of kindness rewarded.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When Simon goes out to try to find something special for Christmas Eve dinner for his wife and children, he comes across a tiny white goat. The family can't bring itself to eat the creature, so they raise it instead and use the money they make from selling its winter coat to buy a billy goat. Thus, the supersoft, snow-white fleece is passed through the generations until the whole village becomes known for its herd of white, soft-fleeced goats. This isn't much of a Christmas story, but the full-page paintings are bright and appealing.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A family of four living on a snow-covered European mountainside has nothing but potatoes and beans to serve for Christmas dinner, so the father goes out hunting for something to add to their meal. He finds a young goat trapped in the branches of a thorn bush and takes her home inside his jacket. Instead of becoming Christmas dinner, the little goat is immediately adopted by the two children, a brother and sister with red hair. They name the goat Pashmina, and she quickly becomes a beloved pet. In the spring, Pashmina sheds her beautiful, soft, white hair in copious amounts, which the mother of the family makes into socks to sell at the market. This leads to more goats, more socks and a successful cottage industry for the women of the village who work together creating wool clothing. The oversized volume shows off the luminous illustrations with a double-page-spread format and high quality production values and design. Kehlenbeck paints in a dreamy, loose style that lends a timeless air to her appealing illustrations. Her goats are charming creatures with gentle expressions, especially little Pashmina. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698400467
Publisher:
Minedition
Publication date:
09/14/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.56(w) x 11.54(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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