- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Elsa Takaoka (December 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986313300
- ISBN-13: 978-0986313301
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,863,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Moat is Not a Goat: Poems for Clever Little Girls Paperback – December 2, 2014
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About the Author
A message from the author On the first day of National Poetry Month in April of 2014, I set the goal of writing a poem a day. My little girls and I would sit at the kitchen table - my five year-old doodled and my one year-old scribbled while Mommy wrote. As I struggled to find inspiration, I would occasionally glance at my eldest girl, who has been a doodling machine since the age of two and will often draw pictures for hours. Her doodles contained many of her favorite things: twins and mermaids, princesses and pets. But on closer inspection, they also contained stories of brave and bold little girls -girls with real feelings who fought, made-up, cried and got angry. These girls sailed ships, fought beasts and were pirates. These girls were tender and caring, who doodled and read. Her art contained REAL little girls- imaginative, clever and able to do anything they set their minds to. My hope is that I was able to crawl into the mind of a child and bottle up even a bit of the innocent yet powerful confidence of clever little girls everywhere.
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The messages hidden within these short poems vary depending on the theme of the poem, but they all have one thing in common: they all have the potential to empower little girls. For example, the last line in the poem Happiness states "Happiness is knowing that all toys are both for girls and boys". In Move over, Miss Muffet, Little Miss Wafer learns from Miss Muffet's experience and keeps herself safe from a snake by climbing into a hammock. The walk-away lesson at the end of the poem is "For where there is a plan, there is a way!".
My favorite poem is Sniffle, Sniffle which reminded me of Shel Silverstein's poem "Sick" (which I happen to have recited in elementary school at a poetry competition). In this poem, the little girl, staying home from school, is hoping to read, watch TV, eat ice cream and otherwise play on her "day off", but she is disappointed when "Mom made me stay in bed all day." That's a lesson for PARENTS!
The illustrations in A Moat is Not a Goat are magnificent! I absolutely loved them! The illustrations all feature the most adorable little girls representing cultural diversity as well as diversity in settings. I also like that the girls were sometimes dressed up in "girlie" clothes (i.e., dresses) featuring colors that you would typically associate with girls (i.e., pink); but some of the girls were dressed in pants or overalls in more gender-neutral colors. In this way, girls can know that it is ok if they want to dress up in "little girl" clothes, but they can also choose to dress in more gender-neutral or "boy clothes" if they prefer. The only thing I would say is that all the girls were depicted with at least shoulder length hair. It would have been great to include shorter hairstyles as well.
My Bottom Line:
A Moat is Not a Goat is a wonderful collection of short poems (varied length) celebrating little girls! Each poem features culturally diverse little girls in a variety of circumstances all centered around the message of empowerment. The accompanying illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend this wonderful collection of short poems to teachers, librarians, and parents to read to children. While girls are the obvious target, I do think the book would make a great discussion starter exploring gender stereotypes in a classroom setting. Ages 4 to 8.
* I purchased a Kindle version of this book from Amazon. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book.
I enjoyed the introduction to the five sisters' personalities The illustrations are gorgeous. Like the poems they exemplify diversity in all aspects. This book will appeal more to a slightly older audience than the author's previous books. I would recommend this book especially to readers age five and older. Parents and teachers would do well to use this as a book for siblings and students of both sexes to share and discuss.
If I could give more stars I surely would
as it deserves ten so I really wish I could!
I like rhymes. The end.
This book is ideal at bedtime. The fabulous images and the gracious cadence of the rhymes, will encourage your kid’s imagination to move further, creating an exceptional environment to discuss with him/her what their thoughts are, and maybe stimulating you both to keep creating alternative dénouements for the tales!
The poems in this book are carefully placed around vibrant illustrations that will capture the imagination of little girls. There are ponies, princesses, pirates, castles, and little girls be happy, energetic, creative kids. What I enjoy about these poems is they maintain the innocence of childhood, in both content and pictures. The poems also address challenges for kids such as stereotypes and conflicts with friends and siblings. This collection of poems would be an asset to have when conquering those difficult to broach childhood issues. My favorite poem is titled, "Sniffle, Sniffle." In this poem, a little girl is trying to get out of going to school by faking being sick. When the girl realizes how boring being home in bed will be the little girl is filled with regret. Suffice it to say, this was a powerful poem to read in our house.
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This is a delightful little book filled 13 darling poems that little girls can relate to.Read more
I am sure the digital version is wonderful for the children of an electronic age but nothing compares to holding this...Read more