Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Moat is Not a Goat: Poems for Clever Little Girls by Elsa Takaoka- A Review

About the Book

Title: A Moat is Not a Goat: Poems for Clever Little Girls * Author: Elsa Takaoka * Illustrator: Fanny Liem * Publication Date: November 27, 2014 * Publisher: Independent * Pages: 32 * Recommended Age: 4 to 8
Summary (Amazon): This is a collection on 16 beautifully illustrated poems about sweet and charming everyday experiences, especially written for little girls. This book will teach, inspire and empower little precocious lassies, opening their hearts and minds to the delightful world of imagination.

My Review

My oldest and I were lucky enough to receive A Moat is Not a Goat: Poems for Clever Little Girls written by Elsa Takaoka and illustrated by Fanny Liem. My daughter is a huge fan of poetry, and many of the children's poems books that are available tend to be filled with poems that a crass and geared towards boys. This collection of 13 poems is the perfect alternative to most other collections of modern children's poems as it is filled with creative and witty poems that clever little girls will delight in reading.

The author even has free downloadable coloring pages to go with the book.  You can find them on the author's website. My daughter's always love it whenever there is an extension activity to go along with a book they have read.
Click on this Thumbnail to visit the Author's website for the free download.

The poems in this book are carefully placed around vibrant illustrations that will capture the imagination of little girls. There are ponies, princesses, pirates, castles, and little girls be happy, energetic, creative kids. What I enjoy about these poems is they maintain the innocence of childhood, in both content and pictures. The poems also address challenges for kids such as stereotypes and conflicts with friends and siblings. This collection of poems would be an asset to have when conquering those difficult to broach childhood issues. My favorite poem is titled, "Sniffle, Sniffle." In this poem, a little girl is trying to get out of going to school by faking being sick. When the girl realizes how boring being home in bed will be the little girl is filled with regret. Suffice it to say, this was a powerful poem to read in our house.

To purchase: 

Amazon (Paperback) * Amazon (eBook) 


 FTC Required Disclosures:
 *I received a review copy from the author free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book. **This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the books through these links, I receive a small portion of the payment, which I use to support this blog. Thanks for your support!

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