Reviewed by Grayce Richardson (age 5) for Reader Views (3/09)
“Aw…I love this story. I liked that Trudy had a baby and she was the mom and that the little girl loved her pet and she could keep it. My favorite picture is when Esme peeked through the barn door to see Trudy and the new baby goat…she has little goat ears. They both have fur, but it’s not the same. I wish I was a goat. What a special goat to predict the weather. If [Esme] said ‘I love you,’ that would be more interesting than the world could think of.”
Hands-down, one of the most special, feel-good books we have read in a while. It is cleverly written with engaging illustrations, making this book a keeper. There is a special relationship between Esme and her goat. Along the lines of “Charlotte’s Web,” Trudy (the goat) has a special gift: she can predict the weather. The one time Trudy doesn’t behave on cue, Esme finds a new baby goat has just joined the family. Grayce told me she would give this book a 7-stars rating if it was possible. I agree wholeheartedly. “Trudy” by Henry Cole will be on our shelves for a long time.