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Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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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

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*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)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805071032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805071030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,590,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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April Pulley Sayre loves the sounds of animals and the sounds of words. She is an award-winning author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. Her picture book VULTURE VIEW, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, received the Theodor "Seuss" Geisel Honor from the American Library Association. STARS BENEATH YOUR BED: the Surprising Story of Dust, received the AAAS/SB&F/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books and was named an ALA Notable. ONE IS SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB was an ALA Notable and received Britain's highest literacy award. THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN marked her third win of the John Burroughs Award. Sayre and her husband Jeff have followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. Mostly, though, they garden for wildlife and munch blueberries at their home in the Midwest.

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Two Canada geese spend time together, "Dabble, dip, they paddled in the pond. Pluck, pull, they fed on plants. Stretch, curve, their necks danced." They mate, they make a nest and then the female lays her eggs. While she sits on the eggs to keep them warm, the male goose stays close by and chases off predators. Twenty-eight days later, the eggs hatch, and the parents raise the chicks together. The cut-paper collages create a dynamic, simple, and realistic habitat of grassland, pond, trees and bushes, and the animals look vibrant. An afterword provides additional details. This is a lovely information book to share with young children, preschool - 4.
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... and the reader does not have to be an animal enthusiast to get caught up in the story! A clear, attractive look at the practices of Canada geese; appealing illustrations and the recurring theme of the HONK will hold the reader's attention!

A terrific book for early-to-middle elementary readers!
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