Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots--every day. One morning Gossie can't find her beloved boots. She looks everywhere for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn. Preschoolers will enjoy helping Gossie find her red boots and delight in where Gossie finally finds them. Recommended for ages 2 to 5.
Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots—every day. One morning Gossie can’t find her beloved boots. She looks everywhere for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn. Preschoolers will enjoy helping Gossie find her red boots and delight in where Gossie finally finds them.
Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children’s books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.
PreS-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 Cahners Business
This is Gossie. Gossie is a gosling, opens the first of Dunreas hand-size
square volumes starring two likable, diminutive characters. From the start,
the author strikes an appealing, unorthodox note Gossie is first seen only
from the neck up, hanging upside-down from the top of the opening page and
this playfulness continues throughout both books. In the first, Gossie, who
loves her red boots as much as Lilly loves her purple plastic purse, is
distraught when her fancy footwear goes missing. After searching the farm high
and low, she spots the boots: They were walking. On someone else s feet!
Enter Gertie. Great boots! said Gertie. Gossie smiled. Gossie shares half of
her prized possession with her new, slightly smaller pal, and the two walk
side-by-side, each wearing one red boot. In the second story, Gertie has her
own boots (a bright blue pair) and asserts her independence. In a sequence of
perfectly timed illustrations, Dunrea depicts Gossie s mounting frustration
until, finally, she follows Gertie to the supper bowl they share. Adding ample
wry humor to both his spare ink-and-watercolor pictures and minimalist text,
Dunrea imbues both goslings with distinctive, endearing personalities and
chronicles experiences every preschooler can recognize. Ages 2-5. (Aug.)
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Adding ample wry humor to both his spare ink-and-watercolor pictures and minimalist text, Dunrea imbues both goslings with distinctive, endearing personalities and chronicles experiences every preschooler can recognize." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Two books that are sure to become favorites... Young children will ask to hear these stories again and again, and they're just right for little hands." School Library Journal, Starred
"The potent combination of toddler-appealing story lines and the charismatic charm of the illustrations assure that these smartly clad geese will be marching straight into the hearts of readers." Kirkus Reviews
Gossie and Gertie’s boots are made for walking; the books they so delightfully traverse are made for treasuring.
Horn Book, Starred
“Preschoolers are bound to ask for an encore reading, and they’ll probably ask for new boots, too.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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