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My Goose Betsy (Read and Wonder Series)

by Trudi Braun, John Bendall-Brunello
     
 

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Who has smooth soft feathers, a long white neck, two beady blue eyes, a wonderful waddle, and a nest full of eggs? My goose Betsy, that’s who! Come along as Betsy warms her eggs until one day her goslings are ready to hatch. Tap, tap, tap. Push, push. Soon a gosling is free, and Betsy is waiting to gather it up under her wing.

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Who has smooth soft feathers, a long white neck, two beady blue eyes, a wonderful waddle, and a nest full of eggs? My goose Betsy, that’s who! Come along as Betsy warms her eggs until one day her goslings are ready to hatch. Tap, tap, tap. Push, push. Soon a gosling is free, and Betsy is waiting to gather it up under her wing.

Editorial Reviews

Martha V. Parravano
In a charming informational story, Braun introduces Betsy the goose with admirable conciseness, describing what she looks like and why. The subsequent discussion of nest-building through gosling-hatching is simply stated and yet full of action. Down-to-earth language, a minimum of detail, and an abundance of large yet cozy illustrations make this just right for the intended audience.
The Horn Book Guide
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Braun's first book, a child introduces "My goose Betsy" in a straightforward, conversational tone. The boy narrator explains what Betsy looks like and how she walks and sounds before describing her precise steps to building a nest. After she lays her eggs (eight in all), her protective gander mate stands guard as Betsy patiently keeps the eggs warm until they hatch. Bendall-Brunello's (Yum, Yum, Yummy!) unadorned watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations document the proceedings at close range. Youngsters will likely utter audible "ahs!" as the first downy gosling finally emerges from its shell ("Tap, tap, tap. Push, push, push. What a struggle!"). In another endearing spread, this diminutive creature and its seven siblings parade pell-mell from the goose house while the narrator concludes, "My goose Betsy is a mother goose." A closing spread of additional facts about gosling gestation and growth wrap up this engaging presentation of one animal family's beginnings. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Betsy's meticulous preparations for her nest are carefully detailed with word-paintings that will appeal to little ones. She "shuffles her bottom around to make a snug hollow" and "lines it with fluffy down, which she pecks from her breast." Laying the eggs is on a specific schedule, and her mate spells her after the long sitting process begins. Children will learn a lot about geese from this story and its wonderful pictures of the goslings breaking out from their shells.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Told as a story from a young narrator's point of view, this picture book about how a mother goose prepares her nest and hatches her goslings also makes an excellent informational book. Arranged attractively on double-page spreads, the text is easy to read, expressive, and colorful. The charming watercolor and colored-pencil artwork shows Betsy from all angles as she goes about her motherly duties and the goslings as they chip their way out of the eggs and tumble into the farmyard. A final spread discusses additional goose behavior and development facts, and there is even a beginning-reader friendly index.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
From newcomer Braun, a delightful and simple story of how a mother goose goes about producing goslings. The narrator offers a brief physical profile of her farmyard goose, then explains that when Betsy gets the nesting call, she puts together a homey abode of straw and down and fills it with eggs. She sets on the eggs for a month, except for a daily stretch for a nibble and a bath; all the while the gander insures her privacy. And then the goslings emerge. It's charmingly related in a subdued, musical voice that invests the story with all the natural rhythms of the act. Bendall-Brunello's artwork is as inviting as the story and makes readers feel very much a part of the process. The earth-toned scenes show all the actions of the geese, creating a lovely link to the natural world and to a way of life that deserves just the kind of admiration generated here. (index) (Picture book. 3-6) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763617141
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Read and Wonder Series
Edition description:
1ST U.S. P
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
420,975
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
AD850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Trudi Braun's own geese, William and Dorothy, came to live with her when they were one-week-old goslings. They are now twelve years old and are great-grandparents. Trudi still feels especially close to her first pets, though today she has hens, cats, horses, sheep, and three children as well. She has wanted to write a book ever since she was a little girl, but this is the first one she ever finished.

John Bendall-Brunello drew on childhood memories of visiting his great aunt to illustrate MY GOOSE BETSY. His great aunt kept a cow, a goat, four pigs, and a vast assortment of geese, ducks, chickens, and turkeys.

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