Christmas is coming, and Simon is running low on food for his family. When he stumbles upon a goat in the mountains, he’s delighted to have found a Christmas feast. But the children fall in love with the little goat, and are heartsick at the thought of cooking him. They convince their parents to spare him, and they name him Pashmina.
Soon their kindness pays off. Pashmina’s hair grows in so quickly that they keep having to shave him, and when they sell his mohair at the market, they make enough money to support the family through the rest of the winter. From then on Simon tells the story of the goat who escaped the cooking pot by a hair.... A poignant and beautiful story of sacrifice, perfect for Christmas.
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Géraldine Elschner lives in Heidelberg, Germany.From Booklist:
Watching her children play in the snow on Christmas Eve, a mother worries that they have no meat for tomorrow's dinner, and she sends her husband out to hunt. He returns with a little white goat that he has found caught in a thorn bush. Yielding to the children's pleas to keep the kid, the family happily eats beans for Christmas dinner. In later years, Pashmina the goat repays them with many little kids, whose soft wool they make into beautiful clothing. Translated from the German, the story reads aloud well. There's little conflict here, but many children will find plenty to enjoy in the snowy mountain scenes, the sympathetic little goat, and the tenderness of this simple family story. From the icy coolness of the winter scenes to the warm glow of small candles on the Christmas tree, the richly colored illustrations convey the moods of the season as well as the family's happiness in the years that follow. Carolyn Phelan
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