Goose Moon

Overview

Winter seems as though it will never end, especially when you're tired of putting on gloves, mittens, hats, and snowpants. It makes you wonder if summer will ever arrive. But one spring night, you will hear the sound of distant honking and see a flock of geese flying by the light of the moon -- the goose moon. It will be a sure sign that summer is on the way. Inspired by Native American folklore, this heartfelt story by Carolyn Arden is beautifully illustrated by Jim Postier.

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Overview

Winter seems as though it will never end, especially when you're tired of putting on gloves, mittens, hats, and snowpants. It makes you wonder if summer will ever arrive. But one spring night, you will hear the sound of distant honking and see a flock of geese flying by the light of the moon -- the goose moon. It will be a sure sign that summer is on the way. Inspired by Native American folklore, this heartfelt story by Carolyn Arden is beautifully illustrated by Jim Postier.

Carolyn Arden has worked as an editor for Outside magazine and as publications director for the Chicago Academy of Sciences. She has also contributed articles to Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Omni, and Sierra. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Jim Postier received a master's degree in illustration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a staff illustrator at the renowned Mayo Clinic and lives in Kasson, Minnesota.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
In Carolyn Arden's Goose Moon...the moon is not so much the focus as a prop in a gentle story about seasonal change and patterns of animal behavior...While there is nothing novel about Postier's warm, glowing, strictly representational watercolors, they suit the story's sturdy pastoral qualities.—Elizabeth Ward
Children's Literature
This story of a girl at her grandparents' home in the country seems as mythic as the Native American folklore that inspired it. Postier's glowing cabin windows light the long winter nights when the geese have flown south and summer is far away. There is no explanation as to why this child spends so much time with her grandparents. A nuclear family appears briefly in the background of a toboggan scene and in a family photo that does not include her. Christmas tree boughs also make an appearance with Grandpa and Grandma playing guitar and piano. It all adds a confusing wistfulness to the text and helps a reader share the little girl's longing for spring. Arden writes well, and the illustrations are a lovely fantasy for older folks who dream of their grandchildren's rapt attention. The Native Americans, however, are gone with the geese until the "Author's Note" on the final page. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 5 up.
—Tina Dybvik
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Tired of winter, a child asks her grandfather if it will ever be summer again. He replies that she must wait and watch for the Goose Moon, for when it shines the geese will come flying back, bringing summer on their wings. The girl patiently waits and notes the little signs of approaching spring, until at last Grandpa wakes her one night to see the bright round moon and the geese returning by its light. This quiet story, somewhat similar in tone to Jane Yolen's Owl Moon (Philomel, 1987), is complemented by oversized pages with luminous watercolors subtly suggesting the chill of winter and the comfortable warmth of home. The book paints a strong relationship between the protagonist and her grandfather, bound together by their love of nature as well as for one another.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A gentle, slightly sentimental story about a girl, her grandfather, and the turning of the year. As the girl tells her story, she and her grandfather watch the geese fly to "a place that was warm and sunny" while the frost comes to the classroom windows and evenings are cozy in the farmhouse. But even the joys of snow can grow wearisome, and the girl asks Grampa if it will ever be summer again (a book on the sofa-titledMinnesota-underscores her concern). He assures her the geese "will bring summer back on their wings" and one late winter night wakes her to see them returning across the moonlit night. Postier diligently depicts a very rural landscape from late autumn to early spring, and both girl and Grampa share an open-faced camaraderie. An author's note says she was inspired by the Omaha people's naming of the months by their habits or harvests, as many First Peoples do (Moon When the Geese Come Home = February). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590780404
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,443,992
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Postier is the illustrator of The Best Little Wingman, by Janet Allen, and Goose Moon, by Carolyn Arden. He received his master's degree in medical illustration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has worked as a staff illustrator at the Mayo Clinic. He lives in Kasson, Minnesota.

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