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Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Unassuming tale offers Zen-like approach to frustration.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Readers are exposed to the daily life of a gosling on a farm.

Positive Messages

Gossie espouses positive messages about losing something dear to you and sharing, as well as the frustrations of sharing even when it's with friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are very simple but offer teachable moments about cooperation and being a good friend. 

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gossie is a sweet, simple tale about a gosling learning to share. It offers a very gentle approach to handling frustration with friends and is suitable for all ages.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymemeboi2018 October 18, 2017

No no no

This is about a abused turtle in the lair of DOOM. Kim Jong UN murders dem all and dies to robot hitler

What's the story?

Gossie's a gosling who loves her red boots. She wears them every day, rain or shine. So when they disappear, Gossie is heartbroken. Can you help Gossie find her red boots?

Is it any good?

GOSSIE is a simple, unassuming tale of a gosling's everyday life, but it packs big messages about taking the high road, dealing with frustrations, and being a good friend. The tales are not particularly suspenseful -- in this case, Gossie simply enjoys her red boots every day until one day she can't find them. But what happens when she does track them down and how she manages her own feelings -- against lovely but sparing watercolor and ink drawings that really pop on the page -- offer an understated, Zen-like lesson about sharing with friends. 

Kids will love the simple rhymes and repetition and very easy pace. Parents can appreciate this value-packed tale of little lessons that pay off big later.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about losing something important. Have you ever lost a favorite thing? What was it? What happened? Did you find it again?

  • Why is it so hard to share things with our friends? What makes it easier to share?

  • How did Gossie feel when she saw her red boots on Gertie's feet? What was her reaction? How would you have reacted?

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