Carolyn Mott Ford
Lucy Goose Goes to Texasby Holly Bea
Meet Lucy, an independent-minded Canada goose who is hatched in the beautiful northern wilderness. Her first look at the world is filled with sunshine, wild rivers, lakes, and her close and loving family. Along with her brothers and sister, she is taught the value of working together by her patient mother. But Lucy has other ideas. She is certain that fitting in is not for her. Holly Bea's delightful rhyming text coupled with Joe Boddy's brilliantly colorful and playful illustrations make this book a fun way to teach children the enduring value of teamwork.
Carolyn Mott Ford
- New World Library
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Lucy Goose Goes to Texas
By Holly Bea, Joe Boddy
H J KramerCopyright © 2006 Holly Bea
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This is Lucy. She lives in a shell. It's smooth and it's white and she knows it so well. It's cozy inside; she's toasty and warm. Her needs are all met, and she's safe from all harm.
But something has happened — can you see a crack? Her home has grown larger; there's no looking back. She sees sunshine, a lake, and soft, fuzzy friends, Three brothers, a sister, and a river that bends.
Her mother is gentle and shows them the way. They learn how to waddle, to eat grass, and play. They all listen closely and learn how to speak. Lucy says, "Honk!" but it sounds more like "Peep."
Her mom says, "Don't worry! You'll grow big and loud. You'll learn how to fly, and you'll make your mom proud. Now it's time for Goose School; let's all jump in the river! You've got work to do with your brothers and sister."
While all of the goslings would swim in a row, That' s not the direction that Lucy would go. And when they would stretch their wings up toward the sky, Lucy'd be watching a frog swimming by.
When the others went east, Lucy always went west. She never seemed happy to stay with the rest. Each day she would dream about learning to fly, And what she would see of the world from the sky.
One day her mom called them down to the lake. "It's time to discuss the big trip that we'll take. When the weather gets cool and the leaves start to fall, We'll head down to Texas and have us a ball!
"We go there each winter; it gets too cold here. We'll leave before long, when the first frost appears. We'll flap and we'll fly and we'll travel for days. We'll all stick together 'cause that's the goose way.
"You'll see frost in the mornings and sunsets of red, Snow-covered mountains and dry riverbeds. There'll be bayous and orchards and aqua-blue streams; Its the most beautiful country that you've ever seen.
"And when you reach Texas, why, you'll be surprised, At tumbleweeds, cowboys, and wide-open skies. Those Texans all love us when we come each year. When we start to land, they'll give us a cheer!"
Excerpted from Lucy Goose Goes to Texas by Holly Bea, Joe Boddy. Copyright © 2006 Holly Bea. Excerpted by permission of H J Kramer.
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Meet the Author
Holly Bea was inspired to write her first children's book following the birth of her first niece, Katie. The resulting classic spiritual tale, Where Does God Live?, has touched the heart of tens of thousands of children and their parents. In 2002 the book won the Bock Book Award. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Holly has been an advertising copywriter for agencies in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Silicon Valley, and Tampa. Born in Hawaii and raised in Texas, Holly now lives in Dallas with her husband, Steve, their Sheltie named Lizzie and their goofy Bullmastiff, Buddy. She is the winner of the 2001 Helen Keating Ott Award for outstanding contributions to children's literature from the Church and Synagogue Library Association.
Joe Boddy now lives in Missoula, Montana. He spent much of his youth wandering the willow patches and aspen groves that line a small mountain stream called Sourdough Creek. Growing up, his work included fencing, irrigating, milking, haying, and tending to livestock. Time away from school and chores was filled with hunting, fishing, drawing, and painting. His love of the Bridger Mountains, the Spanish Peaks, and all the wild creatures that inhabit them was only matched by his love of art. While earning his degree in fine art from Montana State University Joe met and married his very talented and lifelong sweetheart, Marlys. As full time professional artists they have worked together to build a home and studio in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains where they often quietly watch baby Canada Geese once they are out in the water. As happy grandparents, they are more dedicated than ever to each other, their art, travel, reading, children, and grandchildren.
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