This Friday's book is, "The GOAT that went to School". It is written by Sally R. Francis, illustrated by Jean Tamburine, and published in 1952. I just fell in love with this book when I saw this sweet goat!! Isn't he the cutest!!
The graphics are beautiful and so sweet!!
The story starts with a sweet little goat named Bucky, playing by himself, because all the other goats are too old to play.
Bucky gets lonesome, and decides to go down a narrow path in the woods that was overgrown. I love this line, "But Bucky was plucky-he kept right on."
He meets up with what seems like a sweet dog, but the dog was not very nice to Bucky. The dog bites him on the leg, "But Bucky was plucky-he kept right on."
Bucky continues on, and comes across a farm on fire. He gets too, close and a spark burns his back. "It hurt, too. But Bucky was plucky-he kept right on."
So, sweet Bucky continues on his journey, and comes to a gate with children playing! All the children scream "A goat, a goat!" and ask they janitor, Mr. Sullivan, to let him in to play! Bucky was so excited, he got a little rough, and knocked the children down.
Mr. Sullivan, told him to take it easy, and said, "Your name must be Bucky." The teacher came out and wanted to get rid of Bucky, but the children wanted him to stay and play!
Mr. Sullivan knew that Bucky could learn how to play, so the three of them went inside the school, and when they came out, there stood Bucky, "But what a changed little goat he was! Meek as a lamb now and clean as a whistle."
Bucky played and did everything the children were doing! I love him coming down on the slide!! The children have the sweetest faces, too!!
It was time for the children to go home, and they all waved good-bye! Bucky was hungry so he started to chew on some grass, and chewed all the weeds by the fence. Mr. Sullivan said, "Why, Bucky, you are as a good as a lawn mower!" Look at his sweet face eating the grass!!
Bucky was tired, so he came inside where Mr. Sullivan was, and plops down on the floor. Sweet Bucky was so happy with his new life. He has a warm place to sleep, friends to play with, and good grass to eat. This is what he has always wanted!!