The History of a Word 02/07/20
Goat Goes to Playgroup
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Julia Donaldson reassures newcomers to playgroups everywhere in this picture book with a simple rhyming text.
Through the story of Goat's active day, we are able to share the experience of the smallest children starting playgroup or nursery, suddenly encountering an environment with unfamiliar boundaries – where play is plentiful but controlled, and where we also occasionally have embarrassing moments like failing to make the toilet in time.
Goat hasn’t yet fitted into this regime, and would often rather be doing something else – so when it comes to circle time, he would rather be on the climbing frame!
Nick Sharratt’s bright, bold illustrations add immeasurably to the text, prompting plenty of conversations, offering up lots of details to explore, and carefully capturing a realistic playgroup setting. The final spread in which Goat's Mum arrives at the end of the day will be immensely reassuring for all.