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Gossie and Gertie (Gossie & Friends) Board book – February 12, 2007

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Two books that are sure to become favorites because they tap into quintessential preschool experiences. In the first book, Gossie's red boots are missing. When they are found on the feet of Gertie, a smaller gosling, Gossie ends up sharing them. In the second story, Gertie is back, this time with blue boots of her own. She follows Gossie and does everything Gossie says, for a while. When she begins to do her own thing, her friend gets upset. By the end, the tables turn and Gertie leads Gossie to the food bowl, which they share, struggles forgotten. Dunrea's texts use easy words and simple, repetitive sentences, with a little bit of rhyming when it fits: "She wears them when she rides. She wears them when she hides" (Gossie). The ink-and-watercolor illustrations add little details that will reward observant children, such as a small insect in the background. Gossie's rural world is reassuringly child-sized, clear, and contained, as indicated by simple lines, primary colors, and focused illustrations on a white background. Because of the books' small size they will be better for one-on-one sharing than for group storytime. Young children will ask to hear these stories again and again, and they're just right for little hands.
Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Reviewed with Olivier Dunrea's Gossie.

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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 10 (What's this?)
  • Series: Gossie & Friends
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition (February 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618747931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618747931
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very cute and simple, both in pictures and text. Charming is the best word for the series.

Dunrea has a real gift at drawing emotions on geese. Even a very little child (and these books are just the right pace for babies and toddlers) can figure out what the geese are feeling by looking at the pictures.

And they're realistic, too. I can see an actual child bossing their friend like Gossie - and having a tantrum just like her too.
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I love the Gossie series of books by Olivier Dunrea. This book is a simple, sweet tale of BFFs. I love that although Gossie seems to be the friend in charge to begin with that really both Gossie and Gertie have their own likes and dislikes and both love being with each other.
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My kids both love reading Dunrea's Gossie (Gertie, Ollie, Gideon, etc.) series. The books are so sweet, the illustrations are adorable, and the kids love the quick pace of the story lines. This book, Gossie and Gertie, is no exception. It's a cute story showing playful interactions between friends. It's simple, but entertaining--and like the other books in the series, this one, too, has become a favorite in our house.
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Gossie and Gertie is a very cute book. The pictures are adorable and fun to look at. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the simple yet discriptive wording. Here are the first 3 pages: "this is Gossie. this is Gertie" "Gossie wears bright red boots. Gertie wears bright blue boots" "they are friends. best friends"
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I love this whole series of board books. The illustrations are adorable, the colors bright and captivating and the simple stories are very direct. The topics resonate with little ones and my grandchildren like to hear them over and over.
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I highly recommend this book! My grandson heads for his books and this is always one of the first ones he gets for me to read t him. The expression on his face says it all! Totally enjoyable and great illustrations!
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We've made it a practice to start reading to our LO when he is still quite small (since he was about one month old). He's now almost 5 months old, and he enjoys listening to books. Olivier Dunrea's Gossie series is one of his favorites. This is a very sweet story with engaging illustrations. Highly recommended even for very little ones!
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By molly1 on December 26, 2013
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This is a great set of books for little ones 3 months to 2 years. They were favorites of both our grandchildren and I have given them as gifts to several little ones. They are simple, colorful and teach life lessons.
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