30 Oct 2013



SOURCE: A gift from my good blogger buddy Kelly who hails from Arkansas. Thanks Kelly.

She lived in a circus truck for over 50 years.

Some said she was a great musical talent--a celebrity. Others saw a recluse who tended goats by day and roamed the streets of Smackover by night. Who was she?

The Goat Woman of Smackover shows how one girl refused to be crushed by broken dreams.
..... Book description, CHILDREN'S BOOKS BY RAMONA WOOD.

FIRST SENTENCE: There was once a little girl who wanted to be a star.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: The goats shuffled into the slick-floored studio for the early morning show. One of them clambered onto the piano to stand at attention while Rhena sang an elegant solo.

MY THOUGHTS: Recommended for those aged 4+. This is a children's book all about local Arkansas legend Rhena Salome Miller who, born in 1905, was known as the Goat Woman because of her many pet goats with whom, in her later years, she performed with on local television.

A wonderful story, simply told. With its delightful illustrations (also by the author) in which I saw something new every time I looked it makes perfect bedtime reading. A great introduction to the life of Rhena. As an adult my appetite was certainly whetted and I found myself reading more about this gloriously eccentric character. 

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Dizzy C said...

You read some very unusual titles, Tracy.
Where do you find them?


Kelly said...

So glad you enjoyed this, Tracy! I have vague memories of the Goat Woman from when I was a little girl. A fascinating lady, indeed!

Kelly said...

Oh...and you may remember I posted photos of her home. If you look under my "Arkansas" tag you should easily find the entry.

Cherie Reich said...

This sounds like such a fun children's book! Thanks for the review!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds cute and the illustrations match it! Great review!

Nikki-ann said...

That's quite a book title! I hadn't realised it was a children's book just by looking at the cover...

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like great fun, Tracy! I will have to see if I can find a copy for my daughter's library.

Michael Draper said...

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Naida said...

The Goat Woman of Smackover sounds like a quirky, interesting character!

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I don't recall ever hearing of this book before. What a unique title and I enjoyed your review. I will look for this one! :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

sounds like a fun little tale! thanks for sharing.

Lindsay said...

That's an interesting book title! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for telling us about it.

Claudine G. said...

And I thought the part about living in a circus truck while tending goats and roaming the streets got me already. 'how one girl refused to be crushed by broken dreams' sounds really good, Tracy, really good.

Betty Manousos said...

brilliant review! this sounds like great fun!

big hugs~