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Here Comes Gosling!
     

Here Comes Gosling!

by Sandy Asher, Keith Graves (Illustrator)
 

Froggie can’t wait to meet Goose and Gander’s new baby, Gosling! He and Rabbit spend all day preparing: they bake a cake, toss a salad, and find the perfect picnic spot. Froggie picks out his favorite toys and books to share and even makes up a new song. But when Gosling finally arrives, she takes one look at Froggie and…HOOOOOOONK!

Froggie

Overview

Froggie can’t wait to meet Goose and Gander’s new baby, Gosling! He and Rabbit spend all day preparing: they bake a cake, toss a salad, and find the perfect picnic spot. Froggie picks out his favorite toys and books to share and even makes up a new song. But when Gosling finally arrives, she takes one look at Froggie and…HOOOOOOONK!

Froggie doesn’t know what to do! Gosling’s not tired or hungry or thirsty, but she keeps crying anyway. Gander and Goose can’t console her. Neither can Rabbit. Just when all seems hopeless, Froggie’s natural charm and great silliness turn Gosling’s tears into smiles and her honks into giggles.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Rabbit wakes Froggie up with the great news that Gander and Goose are bringing their new baby, Gosling, to visit. In preparation, they find a good spot to picnic and Froggie, eager and impatient, picks flowers. After they gather ingredients and prepare the picnic lunch, Froggie is ever more impatient, singing his song about waiting as they clean up. Finally, the visitors arrive, but Gosling's honks frighten Froggie. She continues to cry as they feed her, change her, and play with her. Finally, Froggie begins to dance and sing his waiting song. Gosling stops crying and begins to laugh. Froggie lets Gosling hold his favorite toy; Gosling gives him a kiss. The picnic is a success for a happy ending. The characters are loaded with personality: Froggie's bulbous body with large round eyes on top, rabbit's triangular head and extra-large ears, and the neatly hatted goose family all contribute to the comic story. Acrylic paints, inks, and colored pencil illustrations create the finely detailed characters and forest setting. The engaging sequence of actions gets readers heavily involved in this variation on the usual tale of the older child dealing with the eagerly anticipated but disappointing new arrival. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-K

In this entertaining follow-up to Too Many Frogs! (2005) and What a Party! (2007, both Philomel), Froggie can't wait to meet Goose and Gander's new arrival. He makes up a song, and when the long-awaited guests arrive and Gosling turns out to be a squalling baby, it is his song and dance that finally cheer her up. Froggie is a true toddler, showing impatience, excitement, and disappointment when the baby isn't what he expected. Graves's quirky cartoon illustrations, created in bold-colored acrylic, ink, and pencil, combine full-bleed spreads with spot illustrations, keeping the story flowing. Froggie is spotted green with huge round yellow bug eyes on the top of his head, and his long-suffering friend Rabbit is an elongated character in a pale shade of blue with large teeth. The characters are oddly appealing with their expressive faces, long necks, and short, round bodies. Asher perfectly captures her young protagonist's emotions, and preschoolers will easily empathize with him. This versatile title will work well in storytimes or one-on-one and effectively introduces the idea of dealing with frustrations in an amusing way.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Very much in the same vein as the previous Froggie and Rabbit books, Asher's latest contribution finds Froggie all hepped up about an impending visit from Goose, Gander and their new baby, Gosling. He's got so many ants in his pants, he is inspired to compose a little ditty-"Waiting for baby / to play with me. / Wait- / (Can't wait.) / And wait- / (Gotta wait.)"-that serves as refrain, crescendo and climax. As Froggie's anticipation builds, Graves steps in to provide visual energy with vivid, rather zany characters in full-page and spot art. When Gosling finally arrives, he is bawling like mad and nothing will quiet him. The colicky gosling is getting to Froggie, so he breaks into his song and does a funky soft shoe, which does the trick. With its scant story line and oversold message, this book is all about engagement; as a read-aloud, it should achieve a strong response to Froggie's song, especially if accompanied by some freestyling dance steps. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399250859
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/14/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sandy Asher is the author of twenty books for young readers and more than three dozen plays. She is also the editor or co-editor of five collections of fiction, including Dude! Stories and Stuff for Boy, On Her Way: Stories and Poems about Growing Up Girl and With All My Heart, With All My Mind: 13 Stories about Growing Up Jewish — winner of the 1999 National Jewish Book Award in children's literature. Sandy has been honored with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Charlotte Chorpenning Award for a distinguished body of work in theatre for young audiences, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grant, and an Aurand Harris Playwriting Fellowship from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. She lives in Lancaster, PA, with husband Harvey, dog Rudy, and cats Natasha and Stanley.

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