Forget chickens, bunnies or any other farm animals—goats are hot! Besides their growing popularity with hobby farmers, goats are everywhere, getting millions of views on You Tube, in the news, doing yard maintenance and more. Its in that spirit Voyageur Press is publishing the new book, EXTRAORDINARY GOATS: MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE GOATS, CAPRINE WONDERS & HORNED TROUBLEMAKERS, by Janet Hurst.
What a great looking book cover!
Humans have used the goat as a symbol for thousands of years and have given it a place in myth and legend; in recent times, images of goats are found everywhere from beer labels to heavy metal art. At the same time, the goat also remains a simple farm animal. From ancient myths to pop culture to profiles of domestic breeds; from music to sports to, yes, beer, Extraordinary Goats explores the many facets of the animal. Goats are useful for their milk, their fur, and their meat, and many communities and airports employ goat herds for landscape management. But besides productivity, goats have personality. They can be friendly, angry, pensive, cranky, or curious; they can be your best friend or a thorn in your side. They can drive you crazy and make you laugh—or cry.
Chapters on goats in music (check out the cover of The Beach Boys opus Pet Sounds: yes, that’s a goat.), sports (there’s a reason the Cubs haven’t had much success the last 60+ years), beer, movies, and even religion explore the impact goats have had. There’s also recipes, info on goat breeds, fibers and much more.
Extraordinary Goats is chock full of historical illustrations and photos of goats doing what goats do: riding motorcycles, climbing trees, chewing, singing, and being adorably irascible.
Whether you own a goat, long wanted one or are just fascinated by videos of goats singing Taylor Swift songs and climbing towers, Extraordinary Goats is the book for you.