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June 06, 2004



Not to take away the fun, but the teacher clearly says to turn to page so and so in their book to read the story, so you won't find it at Amazon. You'd need to research the reading book used in that class.

Second, I imagine they told him "something's happening, we'll keep you posted" but it is difficult to imagine why they would keep the children near the president in a soft target like a school.


"Second, I imagine they told him "something's happening, we'll keep you posted" but it is difficult to imagine why they would keep the children near the president in a soft target like a school."

yes, good point, it certainly is strange that bush wasn't whisked off to some undisclosed secure location. regarding "something's happening, we'll keep you posted", bush was completely aware of the events as they were unfolding, as at 9:01 a.m, before going into the classroom, for the reading of "the pet goat", Bush made the following statement... "And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I used to fly myself, and I said, 'There's one terrible pilot.' And I said, 'It must have been a horrible accident.' But I was whisked off from there -- I didn't have much time to think about it." but, Bush could not have possibly seen the first plane (American Airlines Flight 11) hit the WTC, because the only video showing this was not shown on television till later in the day.



Funny, I'd also been motivated to find that book and found nothing.


I couldn't find the author of the textbook where "The Pet Goat" appears. Looking through the "Fast Way" reading methods, presented by McGraw-Hill & SRA, multiple children's book companies came up - Scholastic, McGraw-Hill, Harcourt, Houghton-Mifflin, etc. No help there. I look through each one for reading at the second grade level, and no descriptions are provided as to the story titles inside (except the McGraw-Hill site, which doesn't have it anywhere). I check Ebay and Amazon and Barnes&Noble for copies of the previous results. Still no descriptions. So, I take the titles and a few ISBN's over to the Library of Congress site. To the LOC, these textbooks don't exist (private education materials, i guess).
Finally, I just spent 5+ hours combing through multiple query combinations on Google. Scanning past all the news articles and farm stories, I came across the Canadian Library site. This is the only reference to a real book the has "The Pet Goat" in it, although I can't verify the text. It was written in 1882 and compiled with other stories:


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wow, thank you for passing along that information... the graphic alone is great. though, i don't see how this could be the story we are looking for, as the last few sentences speak of a "big red car" which wouldn't make sense for a book published in 1882.

perhaps i need to call the booker elementary school an enquire as to the author?


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"big red car" . . . Yeah, I had made that connection later that night, too. Then, I went to Dicitonary.com and Google.com just to find out what could be meant by "car". It appears that that is also the clipped version of "streetcar". Of course, although the Electric streetcars were well after 1900, the Horse-drawn kind existed since the mid-1800's.
Then again, It could be a rewrite of the older story, replacing "Horse" or "Buggy" with the more modern "car".
Or, I could be wrong altogether, but only SRA knows, eh?

LOL. Thanks for your time! Good research, by the way!

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did you order your copy of "the pet goat" yet? i think we might need to get bush to sign them!



I made a t shirt about this on cafe press



It shows what happens after a girl is ordered by her parents to get rid of her pet goat, who has been munching everything in its path. The goat becomes a hero in the home, however, when a burglar invades and the goat butts him into submission.

- perfectly mirroring this man's presidency. Now stop whining.


"The Pet Goat" appears on page 153 of
Reading Mastery II, Storybook 1,
by Siegfried Engelmann and Elaine Bruner
ISBN 0574101284
Publisher SRA/MacMillan/Mcgraw Hill

This is the lesson/page the teacher tells their kids to open their books to. -Tom

-Mystery Solved

ledge of liberty

lol tom,

ummm yeah, i was the one who broke that story...




Goats do not eat tin cans how stupid someone should do research befire writing such trash


The lesson in the primer was obviously supposed to teach the children the long and short vowel sounds: pans/panes caps/capes and cans/canes. It's a ridiculous story with very stilted language. One can see why the "whole language" movement emerged as an antidote to this drivel.


Greeting. There is no stigma attached to recognizing a bad decision in time to install a better one.
I am from Oman and also now teach English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "To perform a cereal result, many soldiers of sign are achieved."

Thank you very much :). Cameron.

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