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Children's LiteratureBased on a true story, it is not hard to figure that the author is writing from personal experience. (Hay lives on the Wabash River in Indiana and is an official "riverlorian.") Gilligan is a goose who gets caught in a trotline and is rescued. "In case you're wondering," the author interjects, "a trotline is a number of fishing lines and hooks tied to a main cord and float and then anchored." Gilligan returns to his rescuer's home for a visit, meets the neighbors, and greets the family cat. Eventually, Gilligan flies south for the winter, but one spring morning his human friends are happy to hear the familiar, "Honk, honk." Gilligan the goose has returned to his favorite spot along the river. A quiet little story with illustrations that depict the unique friendship of a man and a goose. 2004, H.J. Kramer/Starseed Press, Ages 4 to 8.