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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (June 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399239669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399239663
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-K-This is the fourth book about Goat and Pig, neighbors with big imaginations. Here, Goat wakes up on the morning of a dinner date at his friend's house and notices through Pig's window that he is crying. After imagining several catastrophic scenarios, he thinks of ways he can help in each case and arrives at Pig's house with solutions in hand, only to find his pal in tears as he cuts onions for the stew. Goat joins in, cutting and crying, and the two friends eventually sit down to dinner, satisfied with their collaborative effort-because "that's what friends are for!" Gorbachev shows a sure gift for creating good stories that speak directly to young children's concerns. He uses humor and brevity, combined with colorful watercolor illustrations of his animal protagonists (reminiscent of Paul Galdone's work), to entertain and gently inform young readers. With its emphasis on the true meaning of friendship, this offering would definitely be a good choice for storytime, as well as a popular checkout.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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PreS-Gr. 1. Mistakes and mixed-ups are standard fare for Gorbachev's familiar duo. This time the muddle--and the fun--comes from a simple misunderstanding when Goat looks out the window and sees his friend Pig crying. The line-and-wash artwork is divided into reality and fantasy. Goat gets dressed, all the while imagining what Pig's problem might be. Perhaps Pig fell down the stairs and is in pain. Maybe burglars stole the apple pie that Pig baked for their dinner. In one spread, Goat, in heart-studded boxer shorts, broods that Pig's shower overflowed the house, while the rest of the art shows Pig on the couch watching as everything from a book to a bowl of peas floats by. Being a good friend to Pig, Goat gathers a mop, bakes a cabbage pie, and prepares other remedies to solve Pig's possible problems. However, once Goat arrives at Pig's, the reason for the tears becomes obvious: Pig is grating onions. The premise isn't all that clever, but the execution is excellent. Fun for one-on-one sharing or for reading aloud to a group. Ilene Cooper
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mamareadssomuch on October 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Goat and Pig are friends. Goat is going to Pig's house for dinner but the morning of, he sees Pig sobbing and wonders what could be wrong with his friend. He thinks of several different scenarios and decides that he will help his friend, no matter what. When the reader sees why Pig is crying, a big smile and laugh will occur. Beautiful illustrations to a clever story.
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By Lorraine on January 1, 2013
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Wonderful artwork and storyline. It is funny, but the underline message is that everyone would be lucky to have a friend as good as Goat. A good book to teach the meaning of friendship without hitting the child over the head with the message. The end will make you smile, for it has a good twist.

May we all learn to be the friend that Goat is to Pig, and be so fortunate to have a Goat in our lives.
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By karategirLL on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I check out 15 books a week to read to my toddler son and this is one of his favorite books from this week. I love how the book teaches him how to care for a friend that he may think is hurt. How to encourage that friend. I loved the surprise ending and the illustrations are lovely. This is a great read.
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