Boy and the Goats, The - Paperback
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Boy and the Goats, The - Paperback

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Look Inside Teachers' Notes The easy format story of a boy who cannot retrieve his goats from a neighboring field, however, a rabbit, fox, wolf, and a bee come to his aid. Newly re-illustrated with a fresh and modern look, these Beginning-to-Read books foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying classic fairy tales and folklore stories. Educators' resources include reading reinforcement activities and a word list in the back. Activities focus on foundational, language and reading skills. Sections include phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

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    Margaret Hillert
  • Subject
    Fairy Tales & Folklore
When a little boy loses control of his goats and they go somewhere they do not belong, he is really in a fix. The various animals who come to help him all have good intentions but, in the end, it is an unlikely assistant who gets the little boy’s goats back where they belong. The strong sequencing in this reprint of Margaret Hillert’s classic beginning-to-read title helps young children anticipate and read independently. The fact that the format for Ms. Hillert’s books is always limited vocabulary and plenty of sight words also makes this a good fit for beginning readers. Although the original story is certainly short enough to share with preschoolers, this new expanded version is better suited for children entering or already a part of formal reading instruction in kindergarten, first, or second grade because of the addition of extension activities. These activities focus on the five key components on teaching reading as identified by the National Reading Panel in their 2000 report and require more sophisticated abilities than most preschoolers have. The emphasis on shared reading as a way to help these beginning readers to improve their fluency does make this a good fit for sending home as a read-aloud with parents.

Children's Literature

Several animals try to help a young boy get his goats out of the garden, but he learns size is not everything when a tiny bee chases the goats. Emergent readers will enjoy trying to solve the boy's problem and predicting what will happen. 4/5

Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES

This book is for the emergent reader and is based on an old folk tale about a young boy whose goats wander into the next pasture. A rabbit, a fox, a wolf, and a bumblebee help the boy to retrieve his goats. The simple story is illustrated with watercolors and reading enforcements are at the back of the book.

Book Buzz, April 2008
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