I picked this book up for its illustrations. I was terrified of goats as a kid, because I was pushed over by one at a holiday park age 3. Perhaps if I saw them through Jenny Cooper’s eyes, I would have felt friendlier towards them!
Danny and his Dad have gone to live at the farm with Gran, after the (swiftly and delicately handled) death of Danny’s mother. Rasmas is a kid too, without a mum, and after awhile, Rasmas and Danny became the best of friends. But then Dad meets somebody new, and a move to the city to live with Rona means no more Rasmas.
This is a gentle story about a young boy learning to cope with loss through the help of an animal. It’s delightfully illustrated, and my sons envied farm life while reading it with me. It is great to see this type of story told with a less regular animal – I’m immune to the charms of puppy stories these days. A cheeky goat though, was just perfect.
This book is a lovely read-aloud for young children who might be a bit worried about a loss in their lives. It shows the power of imagination to heal the heart’s wounds, and the power of love to do the same.
Reviewed by Sarah Forster
by Elizabeth Pulford and Jenny Cooper
Published by Scholastic NZ