Monday, August 31, 2009

Honk, Honk, Goose! by April Pulley Sayre, as reviewed by Freaky

A fun addition to any elementary age classroom or library, Honk, Honk, Goose! follows a pair of Canadian geese as they meet, mate, and raise a family. Facts such as nest construction and incubation period are given subtly, while the onomotopoeia offered by daddy goose as he chases everyone and everything away make it a fun read-aloud.

The male here reminds me of a goose I once knew - even when he wasn't protecting a nest, he was constantly hissing and honking and trying to drive everyone off. Come on, I'm three inches long, how much of a threat can I pose?! By contrast, the mother goose quietly goes about the business of building her nest, laying her eggs, and tending her chicks. This contrast might make for interesting discussions with your children or students, about the different personalities and the different roles played by the adults in their lives.

The illustrations are fantastic. I am a big fan of cut paper collage, and Huy Voun Lee makes it look so vibrant but simple. It sure doesn't look that nice when I try it myself, but would be a fun extension activity for kids (and if you are doing it as part of a story time, you might want to provide extra materials for the parents!) The language is easy and reads like a story more than a nonfiction, but with enough facts at he end to make Yoda happy. A good addition to the home or classroom library. Order it here:

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