The Chicken Who Thought She Was a Goat

Children - Animals
32 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2020
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

If your mother told you that you were a goat, would you believe her? Even if she’d been telling you the same thing since the time you were born? Well, MerryLyn’s a chicken and her mother has told her since she hatched that she was a goat. But, after exploring the farmyard and meeting all kinds of different animals, including a goat, MerryLyn is distraught to think that her mother had been lying all along. After all, don’t we trust what our mothers tell us? But, what if the name 'goat' was a nickname? Or an acronym for something sweet and nice?

Andi Cann’s picture book story, The Chicken Who Thought She Was a Goat, is a delightful story for young readers. Told in third person narrative and accompanied by colorful and imaginative illustrations, this story follows a baby chick’s journey into the world and discovering who she really is: more than a goat, for sure. The author loves to play with words, giving the various farmyard animals ingenious names like Git Yer for the goat who really was a goat and Don Key Hotey, a play on the adventurous fictional character of Don Quixote while at the same time making the name almost sound like what he was, the very wise donkey. Tension rises in the plot as MerryLyn greets one farmyard creature after another and each one proclaiming surprise that she thinks she’s a goat. The climax is reached with the revelation of what MerryLyn’s mother really means and it’s a compassionate ending that will have every mother and child in tears. A charming story.