Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Paisley the Goat by Rocio Monroy is a colorful children’s illustrated story for kids who are learning their numbers. A goat named Paisley cannot sleep, no matter what he tries. You can probably relate if you have kids and the little ones won’t lie down or unwind. After counting bighorn sheep, Paisley decides to walk along the seashore, perhaps simply to explore what adventure awaits. Throughout this short journey, Paisley identifies objects that range in number from 1 to 10. Paisley is a funny goat, with wild, zany colors and an obvious zest for life. Paisley the Goat is a warm-hearted, funny tale that is sure to be a favorite with young children of all backgrounds.
I thought this was a great story, filled with fun, bright colors, interesting details and good humor. I appreciate how the artist uses nature in a positive way when introducing the animals in their natural environments. Children will be drawn into the artwork and enamored by all the creatures they find. Besides children learning to count to ten - using ordinary outdoor objects - the story includes gentle ways in which a person can find the rest he or she needs, adding ideas to a child’s mind as to how to sleep when they don’t feel tired. And this without Mom or Dad telling them to go to bed. The bird adds to the charming humor when sleeping right beside the goat, acting as a close friend would. Definitely a highly recommended read.