The 18 Penny Goose (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3)

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The British are coming! The American Revolution is being fought in the hills around Letty Wright’s family’s farm, and the Wrights must flee to safety. There is no time for Letty to bring Solomon the gander. Letty hopes the British don’t hurt Solomon, but hungry soldiers aren’t known for their kindness. Eight-year-old Letty tries the only thing she can think of to save him—and is as surprised as the other colonists when it works. Based on a remarkable, true story, this unusual tale will linger in the minds of all ...
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Overview

The British are coming! The American Revolution is being fought in the hills around Letty Wright’s family’s farm, and the Wrights must flee to safety. There is no time for Letty to bring Solomon the gander. Letty hopes the British don’t hurt Solomon, but hungry soldiers aren’t known for their kindness. Eight-year-old Letty tries the only thing she can think of to save him—and is as surprised as the other colonists when it works. Based on a remarkable, true story, this unusual tale will linger in the minds of all who read it.

Eight-year-old Letty attempts to save her pet goose from marauding British soldiers in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Letty Wright and her family were forced to leave their homestead during the American Revolution. Terrified that her pet goose, Solomon, would be roasted by raiding British soldiers, Letty wrote a note imploring them to spare his life. Once the "all-clear" was given, the Wright's returned to find their home still standing and Solomon alive. Based on a true story, this easy-reader would fit in well with a unit on the Revolutionary War.
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Gr 1-2Letty Wright's colonial family must flee their home before the British soldiers arrive. Worried about her pet goose, she leaves a note for the soldiers asking them not to harm him. After three days, the family returns to find their home in shambles. Letty finds a note from the soldiers explaining that they needed to eat the geese, but spared her pet and paid a penny each for the ones they consumed. Although this tale is based on a true account, Letty does not come across as a real person. The illustrations are dark and heavy with stiff human figures. A feeling of distress is well sown when the British are coming but is never altered; even when Letty is reunited with her pet, her expression remains the same. This one is for large beginning-reader collections only.Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064442503
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally M. Walker’s many award-winning books bring history and science alive for young readers. Her books include the Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Secrets Of A Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley and the Revolutionary War story The 18 Penny Goose (an I Can Read Book). Ms. Walker lives in DeKalb, Illinois.

Sally M. Walker has written science books for children, including Earthquakes, an NSTA/CBC Best Science Trade Book of 1997. She lives in DeKalb, IL.

Ellen Beier has most recently illustrated the picture book Blue Hill Meadows by Cynthia Rylant.

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