What a Goat! (Annick Chapter Books)

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Eliza worries what will become of her pet goat, Gerda.

Gerda is always getting into scrapes. She causes more trouble than three sheep, five hens, and Eliza's little brother put together. Gerda chews through trees until their trunks stand like skeletons. She raids the neighbor's apple orchard and gobbles all their laundry on the clothes line.

Readers will laugh at Gerda's antics, until it's clear her future seems doomed.

"That goat will have to go," says Dad.

Eliza can't imagine life without Gerda, so she makes a tough decision: they can't take Gerda away if they can't find her. But the family hasn't seen the last of the goat yet. When a neighbor's child falls into the river, Gerda butts in -- at the right time for once.

Luckily for Gerda, and for Eliza, the goat's heroics earn her a new home with the neighbors.

Black and white line drawings capture the endearing qualities of Gerda.

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I once had a friend who owned a goat, and she loved that goat. But the neighbors kept complaining. 'Your goat has escaped again; he's broken the fence; he's trampled our geraniums, eaten our lettuces, chewed our favorite tablecloth.' In the end, the goat had to go. That's the end of my friend's story, but only the beginning of the story beginning in my head.

About the same time, another friend said goodbye to her old, sick and much-loved dog. She told me that on the last night the dog moved to each member of the family, one by one, as if in goodbye. I was touched by this story. Losing a pet animal, however it happens, is very hard. There are many books about dogs, so why not a goat?

Goats can be villains, but also lots of fun. I studied their habits and behavior and how to care for them, and found that goats are not only useful farm animals but make good family pets, with real personality. Enter Gerda the goat!

This is the story of Eliza and Gerda and the lengths to which Eliza will go in an effort to save her goat. It's a tale of trouble and mischief, but above all, of friendship and courage -- and of one goat who can be a villain, but also a hero.

About the Author:

Errol Broome is a former print and television journalist and the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children.

Sharon Thompson is a kindergarten teacher who lives in Australia.

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