I am Lazarus A Goat Story by Heather Gordon


I am Lazarus A Goat Story

Written by Heather Gordon and Illustrated by Marko Rop

I was excited to read this book after finding out it was written by Heather Gordon as I loved her hilarious book – ‘Does the Queen fart?’.

This is an original, funny and sweet story about a goat who tries to save his piglet friends. He finds that he might be in some kind of trouble with the farmer but clearly he understands the true meaning of friendship and loyalty and saves the day!

The story has a lovely moral about friendship which is something children can relate to.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful, the illustrator has clearly taken time to include details into all the illustrations. There was lot’s to find, discuss and point out as I shared this story with my children and then my class.

As a teachers perspective its something that can be shared as part of a PSHE lesson. Should the goat help his friends? Or should the goat remain loyal to its friends?
From an Early Years perspective this book can be used as part of an animals or farm theme which I did myself.

We even created our own farm shop role play area, visited a real farm and made some amazing arts and crafts.

See below for some of the ideas:

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farm display    farm tuff spot


I rate this amazing book 4/5 lilies! – A must read!

4 out of 5 lily


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The Christmas Button Story By Helen Hamill & Christina Ryan


After reading the Button story collection I was delighted to find there was another rather special book to add to my much loved collection – The Christmas button story!

We all love a sweet, Christmas story but this one should definitely be read by everyone.

I immediately fell in love with the book because it celebrates a diverse family background, we need more books like this  that show us and celebrate different ethnicities and cultures.


We find out that a Christmas tree has been left without a star, but Santa comes to the rescue! In a classic Christmas tale style we see different characters offer help. The plot itself is completely charming.


This gem of a book bought back lots of memories for me and my children including Christmas traditions, food and recipes, cold snowy nights.

I even adored the lovely moral of the story – helping others, which was so clearly written all my children understood this message.

I can’t think of a more convincing recommendation for this book than the fact that my 2 year old always picks this book up to read, even though we’re in the middle of April! He loves the rich, warm colours and the open plaintive faces on the characters.

Here are some of the craft ideas you could link to this beautifully written book including Christmas tree decorations, Christmas button biscuits and paintings.


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I rate this book  5/5 lillies! – A must read!

5 out of 5 lily