Smoky the Baby Goat: 08/07/08
Mary Elting Folsom died in 2005 at the age of 98. She had a sixty year career as a children's book author and wrote more than seventy books. Most of them were nonfiction but she had a few fiction ones too. One of those fiction books is Smoky the Baby Goat (1947) which was illustrated by Veronica Reed.
Smoky the baby goat is taken to live a the farm of Polly, Mike and Sue and their parents. He is introduced to their dog, cat and rooster. Over the course of the day Smoky pals around with the children and the other animals and learns how to be a goat after trying first to be a person, a dog, a cat and a rooster.
It's a cute story clearly aimed at young readers. All the proper names are written in capital letters and there is a high repetition of words and phrases.
Each page also has a colorful illustration. The words and the pictures flow together. Veronica Reed's style of drawing reminds me of Mark Teague's illustrations in the How Do Dinosaurs... books written by Jane Yolen.