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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Little Goat on the Prairie is written by Chad Edwards and illustrated by Julijana Mijailovic, and tells the story of a young Prairie Goat named Billie. Every day he looks out over the fence to the horizon and wonders what wonderful world lies there. He practices his jumping every day until finally he is able to jump over the fence, and begins to explore. He meets a Mountain Goat named Millie, and she shows him the mountains and the cave where her family live. Billie finds it all new and wonderful. At first Millie’s father is reluctant, thinking that, as a Prairie Goat, Billie would not adjust well to living in the mountains. However, he eventually admits he is wrong and accepts that Billie will adapt well. Billie eventually returns to his home and tells his family all about life in the mountains, and they all join him as they return to the mountains and to their new, exciting way of life.
The author, Chad Edwards, has written a lovely little story of exploration and making new friends, and the book is beautifully illustrated by Julijana Mijailovic with colourful pictures that really enhance the story. The nice aspect of the story is that Billie is not just interested in finding a better life for himself, but he goes back for his family and friends so that they might have a better life, too. So it illustrates the importance of thinking of others as well as oneself. It’s also about different races living together in harmony. A good book to discuss in a classroom setting or with a parent.