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A story about how one eccentric little goat's quirky eating habits bear fruit!

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PreS-K-Little Apple Goat has unusual eating habits. Specifically, she likes the apples, pears, and cherries in the nearby orchard. Every autumn, she spends her days there, eating the fruit from the ground. And, each evening, she spits the pits and seeds over the hedge as she returns to her meadow. One night, a terrific storm topples every tree in the orchard, making Little Apple Goat sad. When spring arrives, she notices blossoms peeking over the hedge. Then, one autumn, fruit hangs from the branches of the new trees. All the animals wonder who could have planted them, but readers will know the answer. However, the transition from blossoms just peeking over the hedge on one spread to full-grown trees with ripe fruit on every branch on the next seems rather abrupt and is likely to confuse children. Still, the tale's simple plot, predictable conclusion, and regular pacing make it suitable for group sharing. Colorful cartoon illustrations, done in collage, watercolor, and black ink, add a bit of visual humor and provide enough background details to lead up to the ending.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In this wisp of a tale, the cutie-pie protagonist is "ordinary in every way"-with one major exception: while other goats are content to chomp on garbage and clothes, she loves anything that grows in an orchard. Then, having chowed down on apples, pears and cherries, she does what readers probably wish they could do, if it weren't for the constraints of polite society: she simply spits out the pits and seeds-"Plippety plip!" -as she trots back to the barn. Little Apple Goat doesn't think twice about the long-term impact of her actions until a storm destroys her beloved fruit trees, and all the seeds and pits she's been unintentionally planting create a brand-new orchard every bit as fecund and pretty as its predecessor. Church's (One Smart Goose) cartoon animals and cheery rural scenes, rendered in boldly outlined collages and watercolors, exude a happy, toy-like charm. But kids may be bothered by the way time passes-it takes years for the orchard to establish itself, and Little Apple Goat is still the same spunky kid she was in the opening pages. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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