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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • 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: 8.3 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,965,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A CCBC Choice
 
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“Celebrating the majesty of an underappreciated creature, this volume should attract a wide audience both for its fascinating content and sprightly execution.”

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“A welcome resource, particularly for regions in which the soaring of the turkey vultures overhead is a familiar sight.”

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More About the Author

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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... 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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It was mid-March and the male goose didn't have much patience with other critters around. "Honk, he-honk, honk!" Those darned old squirrels and ducks better get out of his way because when those wings are flapping like that it can only mean trouble. He was into chasing everything away, except one beautiful thing. It was a beautiful female goose. Now he was content to spend all his time with her swimming around the pond and "pluck, pull" eating plants. "Stretch, curve, their necks danced. Then they mated." He soon got back into chasing other critters with a vengeance!

"Honk, he-honk." He chased away the likes of a muskrat, a snapping turtle and an opossum because "eggs began to form" inside the female goose and they would have to make a nest. "Honk, he-honk." It was a special time. She made her nest and began to lay eggs, but one day a raccoon reached in and got one. Now that meant BIG trouble. "Honk, he-honk, honk! Hisssssssssssss!" The male goose kept up his vigil, but when those chicks hatched there was something else to do. "Honk, he-honk, honk! Hisssssssss!" Now don't you try to go near those chicks!

This is an awesome book about the family life of the Canada Goose. The artwork is very appealing and vibrant and I was especially charmed by the last close up portrait of the male goose protecting his family. In the back of the book the reader can find more detailed two page spread with information about the Canada Goose. This would be a wonderful book to introduce during circle time. It would certainly be a lively choice if all the children chime in, "Honk, he-honk, honk!"
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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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