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Gossie (Gossie & Friends) Hardcover – August 26, 2002
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From School Library Journal
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 ›
This is a story of love...for a pair of bright red boots.
This is a mystery...where did the boots go?
This is a story of heartbreak...after searching everywhere she can think of, Gossie cannot find her boots.
This is a story of happiness...Gertie walks onto the scene wearing Gossie's boots!
This is a story of sharing...Gossie shares her beautiful bright red boots with Gertie.
I originally bought this book for my 9 month old daughter because I thought Olivier Dunrea's ink and watercolor illustrations were charming. They are very simple vignettes of a yellow gosling, Gossie, in a variety of nature scenes on the background of the white page. Gossie looking at a hummingbird, Gossie riding a pig, Gossie swimming in the lake with Gertie. My 9 month old (now 1 year) loves this book and asks us to read it to her every day.
My 3 year old decided that this should be her book. My older daughter has a pair of yellow shoes that she loves just as much as Gossie loves her bright red boots. And there is frequent sadness in our house when the yellow shoes go missing. We have to look under the bed, on the dresser, and in the drawers to find those yellow shoes. We never find them on anyone else's feet, but some day we may. And I hope we've learned a valuable lesson in sharing from Gossie and Gertie. My older daughter relates to this story and enjoys the illustrations as well. When we have story time with the baby we are frequently joined by an older sister who wants in on the fun.
As a frequent recipient and purchaser of children's literature it is always a pleasure to come upon a story as simple and charming as Gossie that is loved by both the children who hear it and the parents who have to read it over and over and over again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The start of a fantastic series of board books! We have them all! Love them!Published 1 month ago by lmott
I love this book! My son loves it too, but I might like it more. I bought the English/Spanish version so my son gets a completely different experience as I struggle through the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Scott
This book is very small as are the illustrations. And while Gossie is cute, I personally don't like the way the author is trying to teach sharing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sasha
I was attending a baby shower, all guest were asked to bring a book for the baby. I went looking for a book I had never seen.
Gossie was it. I loved it.
This is a VERY cute little book!! A toddler parent can relate to Gossie!! Same boots EVERY DAY! My son loves this book and asks every time we read it about Gossie's friends. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brittany Morrissey