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Gossie (Gossie & Friends) Hardcover – August 26, 2002
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Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS. These small, square picture books introduce two little goslings in stories as unassuming yet satisfying as the art that illustrates them. Gossie features a little goose who loves wearing her bright red boots everywhere. One morning, they are missing. Searching everywhere, Gossie becomes increasingly distressed until she finds her boots on the feet of another, slightly smaller gosling. The last page shows the duo walking together, each wearing one red boot. In Gossie & Gertie, Gossie in her red boots and Gertie in blue ones are inseparable companions. Gossie, who expects Gertie to follow her lead, is increasingly annoyed when Gertie follows her own path. These beautifully designed volumes are simple enough for a two-year-old, yet they offer enough of a story to entertain older preschoolers as well. Pleasing in their economy of line, the bright ink-and-watercolor illustrations look clean and sharp against the white backgrounds. Carolyn Phelan
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Storywise, there's not much to say. Gossie loves her bright red boots. A chronic mouth breather, she spends her days stomping around and about in the aforementioned attire. One day, however, the boots are nowhere to be found. In a state of panic so intense that she shuts her beak in misery, Gossie searches high and low. All seems lost until she finds that the boots are walking. "On someone else's feet!". Her fellow gosling, Gertie, compliments her on her choice of footwear and by the end of the tale the two are stomping about, one boot on each gosling's foot.
Aside from the fact that the book teaches good heartfelt lessons about sharing and not getting mad when younger friends/siblings purloin one's belongings, the books a heckuva lotta fun to read. Gossie herself is entirely enticing.Read more ›
We quickly learn that Gossie is just gaga over her red boots. She wears them everywhere, and is very nimble in them, walking both backwards and forwards! She's small and simple enough for young toddlers to identify with, and hence adore. The bright primary colors will attract the eyes of even the youngest audience.
Gossie's joyful romp is interrupted when she loses her beloved red boots. She looks everywhere for them, and that search introduces all those prepositions and nouns and other good little vocabulary words. Another writer might have placed some false clues, a red little something that is NOT the red boots, but Dunrea keeps the story simple, there are no red herrings here.
To her utter delight, Gossie finally finds her boots on the feet of her pal Gertie (featured more prominently in other books). One would expect such thievery among snallfry to result in cries, fists, or outrages accusations--maybe even fisticuffs or floods of tears. Instead we have an exquisite example of uncomplicated friendship: Gertie hands over the boots, and compliments Gossie on her sartorial tastes! Gossie, ever the sweetie, returns this generosity by sharing her single pair of boots with Gertie.Read more ›
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I chose this for an infant based on a recommendation from the handbook for reading aloud. It's a cute story, good writing for a baby book when some book publishing companies seem... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by janice1234
Sweet, perfect story for any little boy or girl. This is one of our go-to new baby or young birthday gifts.Published 3 days ago by Badger Girl
My kids love these books- fun characters, simple/relatable stories, cute illustrations. I withhold the 5th star because my husband does not share our enthusiasm.Published 8 days ago by Fairchilds
Any of the Gossie books are fun reads for little ones. My toddler loves her Red Boots!Published 9 days ago by Demented Mama
Even the youngest of pre-readers can understand this simple story of ownership and sharing, and how something you love can be more fun when shared. Read morePublished 2 months ago by hondosfh
My son LOVES this book! Can't wait to read the others in this series!Published 4 months ago by Mike Carnicella
Cute book about sharing. Simple color in the photos grabs baby's attention, too.Published 5 months ago by Galbraith MTN.