Written by Alicia Stenard, illustrated by Pardeep Mehra
Flip, the Fainting Goat shows the journey of a fainting goat who arrives at a new farm and struggles with the embarrassment and difficulty of fainting every time he hears a loud noise. All the animals at the farm warmly welcome him and try to find solutions for his fainting problem. The story moves along at a fun pace by utilizing adorable illustrations as we see the things that make Flip faint, the activities the animals enjoy on the farm (which are really relatable for kids), and when we see all the animals come up with solutions to Flip’s fainting problem. When none of them work, Flip has to isolate himself to a quiet place where he won’t faint, until the animals decide that instead of fixing his fainting, that they will all faint with him! Because of that choice, the farm becomes a tourist destination and the animals are all happy together, with Flip comfortable and loved, fainting and all.
During the Reading:
- We read about a lot of Flip’s emotions! Take those opportunities to ask your child how they think Flip feels, and ask them about times when they may have felt the same way as Flip to help them connect their experiences with Flip’s and practice empathy.
- When Flip tells the animals about how fainting makes him feel, talk about how it makes him feel embarrassed when other animals stare at him and laugh at him when he faints. You could talk to your child about how they can handle situations well when other kids are staring and laughing at somebody – how they can be nice to other kids by not doing those things like the animals on the farm.
- Point out the other great examples of friendship in the farm animals, and how they relate to your child’s experiences at preschool/kindergarten.
- When we see the activities the animals enjoy on the farm, if you’ve done any of those with your child, ask them if they remember doing those! Helping them to recall those memories and describe them to you is a good mental exercise and can be insightful for you to see how they perceived the experiences.
- Ask your child how they think Flip feels when he faints so much at the farm! Help them to see how it’s something really hard for Flip, so the animals will keep trying different solutions to make it better for him! Really emphasize that persistence to help your child see how they are so brave to keep trying new ideas even when the last ones didn’t work. Helping your child to value the process of work and trying out new things instead of just the results of their efforts will help them to develop grit, be willing to try new things and fail, and to avoid blows to their self-esteem when they do struggle to accomplish something or fail altogether.
- Talk about how you and your child think Flip probably feels now that all of his friends faint with him and he doesn’t have to face that challenge alone anymore! You can point out how sometimes things are better when we do them together, even though we don’t like to do them. As with all teaching, if you can explain that principle hand-in-hand with a concrete example from your child’s life, the more likely they are to fully comprehend and remember that principle.
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