Agatha's Feather Bed: Not Just Another Wild Goose Story

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Professional storyteller Carmen Deedy spins a riotous morality tale in Agatha's Feather Bed. Agatha, a weaver, orders a new feather bed from B.B. Lean, then six shivering, naked geese pay her a visit . . . but, as it turns out, her goose isn't cooked. 20 full-color illustrations.

When Agatha buys a new feather bed and six angry naked geese show up to get their feathers back, the incident reminds her to think about where things come ...

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Overview

Professional storyteller Carmen Deedy spins a riotous morality tale in Agatha's Feather Bed. Agatha, a weaver, orders a new feather bed from B.B. Lean, then six shivering, naked geese pay her a visit . . . but, as it turns out, her goose isn't cooked. 20 full-color illustrations.

When Agatha buys a new feather bed and six angry naked geese show up to get their feathers back, the incident reminds her to think about where things come from.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Agatha, a sagacious old lady, sells her woven wares and imparts knowledge to all, ``especially children: Everything comes from something, / Nothing comes from nothing .'' This maxim reaches ``six naked geese,'' who are chilly and demand the return of their feathers from Agatha's feather bed. Though ``a little down in the mouth,'' Agatha promises a solution in three days. (The geese, meanwhile, register at the ``Down Town Motel'' where they ``took a gander in the mirror.'') Agatha's solution is inspired, as is Deedy's playful yarn. From its simple beginning--``Do you see that little shop sandwiched between two skyscrapers?''--to its intriguing conclusion--``Where do goose eggs come from, anyway?''--this finely crafted collaboration abounds with information and whimsy. It also teems with puns and word play, much of which may be of greater appeal to grownups than to the book's intended audience. Seeley's atmospheric illustrations are bathed in lavender, giving them a properly old-fashioned tone. Stylized patchwork borders contain examples of Agatha's truism--a flax plant stands by a bolt of linen, a stalk of wheat by a loaf of bread. A ducky book. Ages 4-10. (June)
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Agatha orders a new feather bed, and before she can really settle back and enjoy her new possession, six naked geese show up outside her window demanding their feathers back. Earlier in the day, Agatha spent time talking to a young boy about the wares in her fabric shop. She explained to him the origins of the fabrics. "Everything comes from something." she exclaims. So when the geese show up for the contents of her feather bed, it gives her pause to reflect. Ingeniously, Agatha devises a way to pay the geese back for their contribution to her feather bed. A story that will make children think about where things come from and engender a respect for animals and nature.
Library Journal
Jane Reno, Janet Reno's alligator-wrestling mother, was a staple of press accounts of the attorney general's confirmation hearings. Fortunately, this collection of newspaper columns written for the Miami News fleshes out the nightly news caricature. A brief biography written by Wood's nephew Hurchalla, who edited this book, and Janet Reno's moving funeral eulogy for her mother are also included. A talented journalist, fascinated by the unique southern Florida environment, the isolated Seminole people, and various Miami characters, both straight and criminal, Reno enlivened her columns by such means as impersonating a pregnant woman to expose illegal baby-selling, walking 104 miles up the Florida coast, or interviewing a scuba diver underwater. In her spare time, she built her own house, survived hurricanes, and raised a remarkable family. Although appropriate citations to her columns are inexplicably lacking, journalism and regional collections, as well as libraries interested in Reno's famous daughter, will find this volume a worthwhile purchase.-Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- An old woman named Agatha owns a shop in which she ``spins yarn and weaves cloth which she sells.'' One day a boy comes in with his mother and Agatha explains the origin of such things as silk, cotton, wool, etc. However, the main story does not begin until Agatha goes home that evening and is visited by six naked geese who are looking for their feathers--the feathers that are in her new feather bed. Agatha sends the geese away, telling them to return in three days. Although written with the intent of teaching young children that ``everything comes from something,'' this message-laden picture book takes on too many ideas and ends up being overwhelming. Deedy also tries to incorporate puns into the text that appear one after another and often seem forced and out of context. Seeley's illustrations are the book's only redeeming quality. Drawn realistically in colored pencil using a variety of soft dark colors, each one is surrounded by a simple colorful border. However, the pictures in those borders often contain elements that are irrelevant to the the plot. All in all, this is unsuccessful as fiction and as nonfiction. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561450961
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 601,331
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.02 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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    Posted March 29, 2000

    This Book Is Great!

    I think that this story has a good point! It teaches you that... don't take something from someone with out asking them.

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