‘WSJ’ Tracks Down ‘Pet Goat’ Book From ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’

By: E&P Staff

Suddenly, one of the best-known children’s books in the U.S. is something called “My Pet Goat.” As shown in Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” it’s the book read by President Bush to Florida school children on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, after he learned of the second hijacked plane hitting the World Trade Center.

According to Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, the story is actually called “The Pet Goat.” 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.

But the Journal said it had a hard time finding a copy, explaining it could only locate it in an anthology, called “Reading Mastery” from SRA/McGraw-Hill.

The author is one Siegfriend Engelman, a retired professor in Oregon, who told the Journal he had not seen the movie. “It hasn’t brought me any fame,” he said. “It’s fascinating that anyone would even be interested in something like this.”

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