One Smart Goose

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One moonlit night + one hungry fox = One big chase! Whenever there's a full moon, the sneaky fox chases all the geese. All the geese, that is, except one. What could be his secret? While all the white fluffy geese clean themselves in the clear, clean pond, One Smart Goose chooses the dirty pond. "Why doesn't the fox ever chase you?" they demand. "Have you got a secret you're not telling us?" No, it's just that One Smart Goose knows that when the fox comes looking for dinner under a full moon, the white geese will...

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Overview

One moonlit night + one hungry fox = One big chase! Whenever there's a full moon, the sneaky fox chases all the geese. All the geese, that is, except one. What could be his secret? While all the white fluffy geese clean themselves in the clear, clean pond, One Smart Goose chooses the dirty pond. "Why doesn't the fox ever chase you?" they demand. "Have you got a secret you're not telling us?" No, it's just that One Smart Goose knows that when the fox comes looking for dinner under a full moon, the white geese will shine and glow in the moonlight, while he will blend in.

A goose who likes to wash in a muddy pond is teased by the other geese, until they realize that he is the only one not chased by the fox.

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Publishers Weekly
A clever feathered hero prevails in this sweet picture book about camouflage and common sense. While most of the geese in the gaggle preen and gleam in their white feathers and bright beaks, one goose stands alone, muddying himself in the pond. But what the gaggle hasn't gleaned yet, is that the loner goose's dull, gray appearance is what makes him blend in with the shadows of the night-and permit him to avoid the moonlight chase from the fox. Once the secret is out-and the wise goose pulls another smooth move as winter snow approaches-he's accepted as one of the gang, er, gaggle. Church's (Do Your Ears Hang Low?) tale of quick thinking and acceptance for one's individual merits makes an uplifting outing. In her multimedia scenes, the geese, simply outlined in black with vibrant orange beaks and feet, contrast nicely with the speckled-green, grassy countryside. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Under the moonlight a gaggle of geese is constantly being chased by a hungry fox, except for one smart goose who outsmarts the fox by camouflaging his bright white feathers with mud from a pond. Every full moon the gaggle of geese run for their lives while the smart goose watches them alone. One day, the others confront him and find out his secret. As the other geese bathe in the muddy pond, the smart goose notices it beginning to snow and scrubs himself clean in order to blend in with his environment. The other geese ignore him and are once again chased by the fox. In the end, the one smart goose gives the fox a final outsmarting that will have children laughing. This book gives a concrete example for the concept of camouflage and will help kids understand the difference between the singular word goose and the plural word geese. The illustrations in this book are a striking mixture of collage, textured paper, and bright colors. They make the book visually appealing. It is sure to be a favorite. 2003, Orchard Books/Scholastic, Ages 3 up.
—Melissa A. Caudill
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Down on the farm, a gaggle of shiny, white geese teases a dirty, little goose. However, when the moon is full, he is the one the fox does not chase because his muddy feathers blend in with the shadows. Soon all the geese begin to bathe in the muddy pond. When winter comes, the dirty goose cleans himself up until he gleams and shines, and the fox doesn't notice him against the snow, enabling the little hero to kick the predator down a hill. The other geese praise his smarts, making him feel part of the gaggle at last. The simple, playful text is full of fun sound effects and repeated phrases. Church also conveys much emotion and feeling through the fluid, bold lines of her cartoon illustrations. Various textured papers as backgrounds help give the images depth. Young children will applaud this endearing tale with its clever and resourceful protagonist. Pair it with Richard Waring's Hungry Hen (HarperCollins, 2001), also illustrated by Church, for a storytime featuring barnyard underdogs.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Despite low marks for internal logic, this brief tale of a clever goose and a fox on the prowl will draw honks of glee from fans of such similar encounters as Pat Hutchins's classic Rosie's Walk or Mem Fox's Hattie and the Fox (1986). Beneath each full moon, a fox chases (though never seems to catch) all the shiny white geese, but leaves a muddy loner be. Why? Because the mud on his feathers makes him less visible, the loner explains. All of the other geese thereupon hurry over to the muddy pond; but when the weather changes and snow starts to fall, they ignore his advice to wash off the grime, with predictable results. So the brainy bird kicks the fox down the hill, blithely declares that the pest won't be back, earns the adulation of his gagglemates, "and was never lonely again." Even younger audiences are likely to find all of this too easy, but they'll enjoy the tale's brisk action and simply drawn cartoon illustrations. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439687652
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.92 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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    Posted September 17, 2013

    Kids love it. Simple to understand, exciting to read.

    Kids love it. Simple to understand, exciting to read.

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