Goose's Story

Publisher: 
Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Illustrator: 
Holly Meade
ISBN: 
0374327505
ASIN: 
0374327505
Publication Date: 
2002
List Price: 
$16.00
Format: 
hardcover
Short Review: 
Among the flock of Canada geese that has landed on her backyard pond, an empathetic little girl discovers one that has lost a foot. She follows the goose’s progress over the summer, as it adjusts to its new situation, and cheers on its every triumph.
Long Review: 

Among the flock of Canada geese that has landed on her backyard pond, a little girl discovers one that has lost a foot. Watching with sadness as the rest of the flock shuns this goose, and as it struggles to walk and feed itself, the empathetic little girl wants desperately to help it. But her parents convince her that “A wild goose has to learn to live with her weakness. Or she won’t live at all.” So despite being unable to resist feeding the goose some cracked corn while her parents aren’t looking, the girl stays away and lets the goose get by on its own. But she closely follows the goose’s progress over the course of the summer, cheering its every triumph as the goose learns to walk and swim, and as it is accepted once again by the flock. When fall comes and the flock flies south for the winter, the little girl is both happy and sad that “her” goose has gone with them. When the flock of geese heralds the arrival of spring the following year, the little girl is overjoyed to find her goose has returned – and with a mate! Soon seven fuzzy yellow ducklings hatch – “Seven babies with fourteen feet. Peeping and prancing and flapping and following. Right behind their papa. I smile at the parade, and especially at my goose. “Look at you,” I whisper. “Look at you.’” Winner of a Caldecott Honor medal for Hush! A Thai Lullaby (by Minfong Ho), and the illustrator of Small Green Snake (by Libba Moore Gray), Meade’s watercolor and cut-paper collage illustrations are filled with the vivid colors of the changing seasons, and charming details such as the beautiful feathers on the goose’s back. Based on an incident in the author’s own backyard, this is an inspirational, uplifting tale of learning to overcome adversity, and empathy for the plight of others that is never sappy.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
4

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Cari Best