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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
A Moat is Not a Goat – Poems for Clever Little Girls by Elsa Takaoka is a collection of delightful and imaginative stories for young children, all beautifully illustrated by Fanny Liem. Each story is told as a poem and takes the reader on a magical journey through a pony car wash, a snow scene, and a strange world deep under the ocean. There’s a visit to the home of the five sisters, a chance to meet a pink-gowned female pirate, and find out how Miss Wafer saves her pie and tea from a snake. Learn about happiness and making up after a squabble, and how losing a tooth isn’t a disaster. What happens when you snip a lock of hair, and how a day in bed with a cold isn’t all it was planned to be.
Each of these stories is beautifully and colourfully illustrated, which really enhance the poems and will hold a reader’s attention from beginning to end. I loved the diverse story lines of each poem, bringing excitement as each page is turned. The poems explore a child’s imagination and the author, Elsa Takaoka, states she was inspired by the drawings of her own children as she created these lovely characters and scenarios. This book would be ideal for a parent to read to a child at bedtime, when there can be discussions about the creativity of a simple story. Whoever thought there might be a pony car wash, for example. This book is a complete magical world that will inspire and entertain.