Let's Count Goats!
Mem Fox & Jan Thomas
Beach Lane, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
oats are really cool animals. So in this picture book you are invited to count the goats you see on each page. So, come along, '
Let's count some goats!
n the first page you'll see a mountain goat followed by a city goat, a goat at the seaside, another goat drinking from a cup, and finally a goat eating a table. (No, that's not a mistake. I don't mean eating AT a table. I mean he is actually EATING the table!) Now, how many goats is that?
t the airport (that's the next series of pages) you'll see a goat looking for her suitcases, and three goats wearing goggles and flying airplanes. Sure they are acting silly but that's what goats do sometimes – act silly! It is OK if you want to laugh at them. They won't mind.
here are lots of goats doing other crazy things like showing off on the bars at the park, riding bicycles, building sandcastles, and playing trumpets. Yup, you read that right! Actually, four goats are playing trumpets, one is wearing a trumpet on his head, and the sixth goat is trying to eat his!
o, that's what this counting book is all about. There are all kinds of goats pictured here and YOU get to count them. You probably have never seen this many goats before, all gathered in one book and engaged in such interesting activities. If you look closely you will also notice that most of these critters are chewing on something. Why? Because that's what goats also do – they chew on stuff!
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