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There are two essential things for successful picture book The first is that it must sound engaging when read aloud It is not, I repeat not essential to make a book rhyme I have critiqued dozens of rhyming books that should never have been written this way Unfortunately this book is one of them If you attempt the difficult task of writing a book in rhyme, you must be able to maintain the beat and the pattern consistently throughout the entire text without resorting to convoluted sentence st There are two essential things for successful picture book The first is that it must sound engaging when read aloud It is not, I repeat not essential to make a book rhyme I have critiqued dozens of rhyming books that should never have been written this way Unfortunately this book is one of them If you attempt the difficult task of writing a book in rhyme, you must be able to maintain the beat and the pattern consistently throughout the entire text without resorting to convoluted sentence structure Let s examine what has happened in this book It starts with long lines that read smoothly.11 syllables pasture 12 syllables disaster 10 syllables haste 11 syllables chased.At this point it starts to stumble, breaking both the pattern and the beat.12 syllables watchmen 8 syllables den 10 pen Then it goes back to longer sentences with inconsistent beat and a rather clumsy rhyme.11 frenzy 14 coyoteFrom this point on, the rhyming pattern completely falls apart.10 goat 9 porch 10 lunch 5 chair 5 pear 9 screen 10 scene 6 feed 5 breed 11 pen 11 men 7 coop 6 snoop 7 bed 6 led 6 can 7 plan 10 inside 12 hide.Read aloud, as children s picture books should be, the text jerks and stumbles.For some excellent examples of rhyming in picture books, read Eric Carl s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See , many of Dr Seuss books, he wrote over 1000 pages of rhyming text in order to find the perfect 64 pages worth publishing and Maurice Sendak s Chicken Soup With Rice A Book of Months Here s a site listingexamples you haven t had a lot of practice writing rhyming poetry, it s unlikely you can write a children s rhyming book This is why a lot of publishers state in their submission guidelines that they will not accept rhyming books It adds another level of difficulty to the text Forinformation go to this excellent blog story is actually very endearing If the author had written without rhyming, this book could have been something really cute Children love mischief makers like Curious George Many children have never interacted with a goat which probably seems as exotic as a monkey.The second essential component of a children s book is the illustrations They must be engaging, connect well with the text, and expand the child s understanding of the text Ellie Mae Kay s illustrations are unique They seem to be photographs that have gone through a Photoshop filter that makes them look like watercolors The compositions vary and the shots of the farm are realistic and informative However, considering the zaniness of the story, I think the pictures would have benefited fromexpressiveness Great book kids will love with its cute pictures and fun story Everyone knows what trouble goats can get in to and this book is a fun way to share in their escapades Great job and a must have for kids and grandkids. I loved it The story reminded me of living on a farm and what type of animals can be there In this case, the author is using her own personal stories of life at home to reach kids and it works The illustrations were watercolors and very cute The stories are easy to read and are made for the first reader category, age 6 7 yr age My granddaughter will get a kick out of this and I can see the preschoolers loving to hear this story also as it is about animals This is sure to be a hit as it isn I loved it The story reminded me of living on a farm and what type of animals can be there In this case, the author is using her own personal stories of life at home to reach kids and it works The illustrations were watercolors and very cute The stories are easy to read and are made for the first reader category, age 6 7 yr age My granddaughter will get a kick out of this and I can see the preschoolers loving to hear this story also as it is about animals This is sure to be a hit as it isn t too long and will keep the attention span of young readers The only thing though is I wish the author gave a better ending instead of implying that food fixed the problems The kids may not understand that concept of bribery as parents still use it The illustrations in this delightful book bring the mischievous barnyard animals right off the pages and into your lap home school You and your children will not forget the silly goat who is just the beginning of a series I m sure Ellie Mae Kay s future books will include many of the barnyard animals we are introduced to in this book I look forward to reading all of them I recommend this book for Story Time in schools. This is such a sweet book Fun illustrations I like the choices the author made with her rhyming words for a first time reader combinations like two and moo and pear and chair help new readers how to identify sounds Love this book *Download ⇨ There's a Goat on My Porch ↝ Vicky Van Goat gets all the farm animals stirred up in this rhyming children s story with brightly colored illustrations