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*Starred Review* A fun read-aloud grounded by great informational back matter, Sayre’s latest is one of the few picture books that give a nod to Father Goose. The book begins with him flapping his wings, calling out his distinctive “Honk, hee-honk, honk!” and chasing away squirrels, ducks, and all the geese except for one female. Sayre shows their mating rituals and their nest making with appealing concision: “Dabble, dip, they paddled in the pond. Pluck, pull, they fed on plants.” Once the nest is made, lined with soft feathers from the female goose, the male goose again calls out, “Honk, hee-honk, honk!” and chases away any danger to their eggs, like muskrats and opossums, although one raccoon does succeed in disturbing the nest and breaking an egg. Lee’s cut-paper collage illustrations wonderfully complement the text—they’re simple yet expressive, and the tangible textures of nest and trees are set off by the expanses of solid-color sky and shoreline. She nicely captures the geese in motion as well as at rest in their nest. On the last spread, the male goose is still not resting, though; eyes staring out at the reader, wings extended out to the length of the two pages, he calls out (and many children will join in): “Honk, hee-honk, honk! Hisssssssss!” Grades K-3. --Abby Nolan
*This book about two Canada geese that meet, mate, and raise their family has all the immediacy of a plot-based picture book and conveys personality without slipping into anthropomorphism...Lee's cut-paper collage illustrations fill the pages with color and movement. (School Library Journal, Starred Review)
*A fun read-aloud grounded by great informational back matter, Sayre's latest is one of the few picture books that give a nod to Father Goose...Lee's cut-paper-collage illustrations wonderfully complement the text. (Booklist, starred review)
Sayre's characteristic sound words creatively capture the calls familiar to anyone with geese in their neighborhoods. The birds' waddles and flaps are readily recognizable in Lee's movement-filled cut-paper illustrations. (The Horn Book)
Short sentences, easy vocabulary and onomatopoeia make this ideal for sharing with the youngest listeners, but there is enough story and information to make it a good choice for ornithologically minded emergent readers as well...Lee's cut-paper-collage artwork is filled with texture...A short bibliographic essay rounds out this terrific introduction (Kirkus Reviews)