Books To Read In Kindergarten

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Bill Grogan’s Goat

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Author: Mary Ann Hoberman
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2002)
Binding: Hardcover, 32 pages
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Presents the familiar rhyme about a pesky goat that gets in trouble for eating shirts off the clothesline.

Questions to talk about with your child: 
What do you think of Bill Grogan? Was tying his goat to a railroad track a good thing or a bad thing to do?
The train in the story is a passenger train. Who are the passengers?
Notice the different patterns on each of the three red shirts. Can you find those patterns anywhere else in the story?
What happens at dinner? What happens when you make a mess?
What does the goat end up doing? Why?
Fun things to do together: 
This book was adapted from a folk song. Listen to a recording of the original “Bill Grogan’s Goat.”
This is a traditional “echo song.” Have your child repeat each line after you.
Find a book about goats to learn more about what they really eat.
Wash some shirts and hang them up to dry outside instead of putting them in the clothes dryer.
Find the pairs of rhyming words throughout the book.
Book Skills
Loves Books (Print Motivation): 
The silly story and pictures along with the rhyming text will make this an enjoyable story. Singing the book will add to the enjoyment.
Make Sounds (Phonological Awareness) : 
The rhyme scheme of the song makes it fun to read aloud and encourages children to play with the ending sounds of words.