Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family

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Apair of Canada geese is starting a family. The female builds a nest, lays her eggs, and keeps the chicks warm until they’re ready to hatch. Her mate protects their nesting site. Soon they will have six wobbly-legged chicks.

Through the waiting, the hatching, the first stroll, and the first swim, the father goose stands guard over his family, always ready to chase away danger with a loud Honk!

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Overview

Apair of Canada geese is starting a family. The female builds a nest, lays her eggs, and keeps the chicks warm until they’re ready to hatch. Her mate protects their nesting site. Soon they will have six wobbly-legged chicks.

Through the waiting, the hatching, the first stroll, and the first swim, the father goose stands guard over his family, always ready to chase away danger with a loud Honk!

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Praise for HONK, HONK, GOOSE!

*"This book about two Canada geese that meet, mate, and raise their family has all the immediacy of a plot-based picture book and conveys personality without slipping into anthropomorphism...Lee’s cut-paper collage illustrations fill the pages with color and movement."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

*"A fun read-aloud grounded by great informational back matter, Sayre’s latest is one of the few picture books that give a nod to Father Goose...Lee’s cut-paper-collage illustrations wonderfully complement the text."—Booklist, starred review

"Sayre’s characteristic sound words creatively capture the calls familiar to anyone with geese in their neighborhoods. The birds’ waddles and flaps are readily recognizable in Lee’s movement-filled cut-paper illustrations."—The Horn Book

"Short sentences, easy vocabulary and onomatopoeia make this ideal for sharing with the youngest listeners, but there is enough story and information to make it a good choice for ornithologically minded emergent readers as well...Lee's cut-paper–collage artwork is filled with texture...

A short bibliographic essay rounds out this terrific introduction"—Kirkus Reviews

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“Celebrating the majesty of an underappreciated creature, this volume should attract a wide audience both for its fascinating content and sprightly execution.”

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“A welcome resource, particularly for regions in which the soaring of the turkey vultures overhead is a familiar sight.”

School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In March, the honking of a male goose chases away every creature but a female goose. They mate, and make a nest while the male keeps intruders away. The female lays her eggs, but a raccoon rolls one out and cracks it. She sits on the remaining eggs while the male protects her. After 28 days, six chicks hatch. The parent geese take the chicks to the water to paddle and feed. When they return to the nest, the father stands guard. Sayre's text is simple but varied with the sounds and actions of the characters. It is difficult to decide which is more important for the illustrator, the natural history or the esthetic content. She deftly exploits cut-paper collage to emphasize the movements, particularly the long necks, of the geese and their rows of tooth-like feather patterns. The settings along the stream with a few trees, hints of grass, and an assortment of other animals are produced naturalistically, but with a crispness that contributes to their decorative qualities. The movements of the goslings suggest musical notes on a score; all is designed to enhance the emotional content. There are extensive additional factual notes. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

This book about two Canada geese that meet, mate, and raise their family has all the immediacy of a plot-based picture book and conveys personality without slipping into anthropomorphism. Sayre doesn't sugarcoat the challenges that the geese face as they wait for their young to hatch. The male is fiercely protective of the eggs and scares off many of the predators, yet the raccoon still manages to break one of them. Lee's cut-paper collage illustrations fill the pages with color and movement. More detailed information about Canada geese is appended. Those who like to present themes in their storytimes can pair this book with Cari Best's Goose's Story (Farrar, 2002) or with other books about fathers for a Father's Day celebration.-Farida S. Dowler, formerly at Mercer Island Library, WA

Kirkus Reviews
From mid-March through the day after the chicks hatch, Sayre follows a mated pair as they start a family. While the female builds a nest, lines it with her feathers and lays and cares for the eggs, the male takes his job of guarding his family very seriously. The many creatures the male chases off give readers an idea of the predators the geese face, and ultimately a raccoon does manage to break an egg despite his vigilance. Short sentences, easy vocabulary and onomatopoeia make this ideal for sharing with the youngest listeners, but there is enough story and information to make it a good choice for ornithologically minded emergent readers as well. Backmatter provides additional information about goose family life, migratory patterns and the distinction between the two types of geese, Canada and Cackling. Lee's cut-paper-collage artwork is filled with texture. The geese seem three-dimensional, ready to fly off the pages and honk at the reader-as the male does, in one spectacular spread. A short bibliographic essay rounds out this terrific introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805071030
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,080,629
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

APRIL PULLEY SAYRE is the award-winning author of more than fifty books for young readers. She and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana.

HUY VOUN LEE is the author and illustrator of several books for young readers, including At the Beach; In the Snow; and 1, 2, 3, Go! She lives with her husband in New York City.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

    Canadian Geese

    This book would be a perfect fit in the library of a child who loves wildlife! It would also complement nicely a thematic unit on life cycles in a classroom, perhaps at the 3rd grade level. Much of the text in the book could also be included as part of an ELA lesson about onomatopoeia (the formation of a word, as honk! or hissssss!, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent). Additionally, the last two pages of the text provide detailed information about Canada Geese that would act as a resource in any science themed unit relating to the Canada Geese. <BR/><BR/>Honk! Honk! Goose! takes readers through the life cycle of Canada Geese beginning in the mid-March mating season and progressing beyond the twenty-eight day incubation period. The book vividly explains how the nest is built by the female goose, where she will keep the eggs warm until they're ready to hatch and how her mate will protect her and the unborn chicks from their predators from the time of conception through their first swim. The illustrations are simple but captivating - colorful, sure to grasp the attention of children!

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