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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?
- Author: Olivier Dunrea
- Illustrator: Olivier Dunrea
- Genre: Board
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: August 26, 2002
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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