PASHMINA by Géraldine Elschner

PASHMINA

The Little Christmas Goat
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A family of four living on a snow-covered European mountainside has nothing but potatoes and beans to serve for Christmas dinner, so the father goes out hunting for something to add to their meal. He finds a young goat trapped in the branches of a thorn bush and takes her home inside his jacket. Instead of becoming Christmas dinner, the little goat is immediately adopted by the two children, a brother and sister with red hair. They name the goat Pashmina, and she quickly becomes a beloved pet. In the spring, Pashmina sheds her beautiful, soft, white hair in copious amounts, which the mother of the family makes into socks to sell at the market. This leads to more goats, more socks and a successful cottage industry for the women of the village who work together creating wool clothing. The oversized volume shows off the luminous illustrations with a double-page-spread format and high quality production values and design. Kehlenbeck paints in a dreamy, loose style that lends a timeless air to her appealing illustrations. Her goats are charming creatures with gentle expressions, especially little Pashmina. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-698-40046-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Minedition/Penguin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2006




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