Text-to-Self: seeing others who need your help, deciding how to help others
Characterization: This is an excellent text to discuss empathy and compassion with young readers. Goat is very generous and shows empathy to the other animals that he meets along his walk.
Text-to-Text: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Cause and Effect: Because the goat gave his coat to the animals that he could help, the effect is that he is without a coat. Because the goat helped others, the effect is that he has many caring friends.
Rhyming text captures young listeners interest. The large and detailed illustrations are very easy to share with a group. All of the animals’ expressions are delightful. I think this is a wonderful book to share with young readers to illustrate how to be caring to others.