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Poor Goose! She just wants to make her nest, but all the places she finds are already taken. But Goose never gives up. And before long peep! peep! she ³hatches² a surprise for everyone! Clever chant-along text, lively illustrations, and an endearingly bewildered heroine assure this cheery picture book a place in every child¹s heart.

A goose tries out a few places to make her nest before finally settling on an old straw hat.

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Poor Goose! She just wants to make her nest, but all the places she finds are already taken. But Goose never gives up. And before long peep! peep! she ³hatches² a surprise for everyone! Clever chant-along text, lively illustrations, and an endearingly bewildered heroine assure this cheery picture book a place in every child¹s heart.

A goose tries out a few places to make her nest before finally settling on an old straw hat.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Little Goose needs to make a nest. But whenever she settles into a place on the farm that's "nice and soft" or "nice and quiet," it turns out to be another animal's domainDa blanket-lined crate belongs to the cat family, a bin of straw is the sheep's fodderDand she is rousted to a refrain of "Silly Little Goose!" Luckily, the farmer's hat (which blows through several spreads) lands in a "perfect" grassy nook, and soon the new mother's eight eggs are emitting eight tiny sounds. This handsome book exudes a lovely nostalgic sensibility, including the elegant typography. Tafuri's (Have You Seen My Duckling?) animal characterizations occasionally miss the mark (the pigs look a little blobby, the cats feel unfinished), but her plump, feathered heroine is just rightDa determined bird who retains her sweet comic dignity despite being kicked out of every corner of the farm. The final image of Little Goose proudly parading her goslings before her fellow farm inhabitants proves that she wasn't so silly after allDand that persistence has its own rewards. Ages 1-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Goose is in search of the perfect place for a nest. She is looking for someplace warm, soft, quiet and cozy, but each place she finds on the farm has already been claimed by other animals—the pigs, the cats, the sheep and the hens. The wind blows, bringing the farmer's hat to rest in just the right spot. While the idea of a hat for goose to lay her eggs is not new, Tafuri's story for very young children has a delightful freshness to it. The illustrations, in a soft palette, are clear and simple. The animals are bold and the backgrounds clean. The hat can be seen on each spread and will encourage young children to study each page. They will quickly join in repeating the refrain, "Silly Little Goose!" It is perfect for toddler and preschool story time, and to share while sitting on a parent's lap. 2001, Scholastic Press, $15.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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PreS-Goose wanders through the farm looking for a place to nest. She finds warm, soft, quiet, or cozy spots, but each one is occupied. A pictorial subplot begins in the first two-page spread when the wind blows the farmer's hat off, and it appears in each potential nesting spot. The hat then lands under a shrub, and becomes the perfect place-it is warm, soft, quiet, and cozy. In a final joyous spread, a proud mother struts around the farm with her eight goslings in tow and a cast of farm animals suitably admiring them. The large, uncluttered illustrations are full of interest, humor, and detail. The text is simple, with one sentence per spread alternating with a spread that contains the refrain, "Silly little goose!" and the sounds of the animal babies. Perfect for lap-sits and toddler storytimes.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Here's a likable tale about a wayward goose on a quest to find a home. Goose sets out on a blustery day to establish a nest, searching for something warm and soft, quiet and cozy. However, each time the hapless fowl settles on a place, she discovers it's already occupied. A warm shed reveals a bevy of squealing pigs while a nicely cushioned box is beset by a jumble of kittens and their mama. Thus it continues, as she wanders about the farmyard, encountering everything from sheep to chickens. Ultimately, the farmer's windblown hat becomes her habitat of choice, where she quickly lays some eggs. Tafuri (Will You Be My Friend?, 2000, etc.) captures a child's sense of awe at the wondrous nature of everyday events. Her simple tale provides a gentle moral about the rewards of perseverance in the face of challenges. A liberal sprinkling of silliness makes this ideal for group read-aloud sessions; the oft-repeated refrain "Silly Little Goose!" blatantly encourages reader's exuberant participation. Clearly drawn and softly hued, the full-color illustrations are perfect for young children, who can easily recognize the familiar barnyard animals beginning on the verso and dedication pages, which are a full-bleed, labeled overview of the farm. The pictures on the two pages for each search don't fill the space, but when she's turned out, they expand to the edges to accent the drama of her mistake. The humorous inclusion of the farmer's tumbling hat glimpsed in the background of many of the illustrations provides junior sleuths with a clue to Goose's eventual home. This little goose has plenty of pluck, even though she is a bit silly. (Picture book. 2-6)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Goose is in search of the perfect place for a nest. She is looking for someplace warm, soft, quiet, and cozy; but each place she finds on the farm has already been claimed by other animals—the pigs, the cats, the sheep, and the hens. The wind blows, bringing the farmer's hat to rest in just the right spot. While the idea of a hat for a goose to lay her eggs is not new, Tafuri's story for very young children has a delightful freshness to it. The illustrations, in a soft palette, are clear and simple. The animals are bold and the backgrounds clean. The hat can be seen on each spread and will encourage young children to study each page. They will quickly join in repeating the refrain, "Silly Little Goose!" It is perfect for toddler and preschool story time, and to share while sitting on a parent's lap. Now available in a padded board book edition. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439063043
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1901
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy Tafuri has been illustrating books for children since the late 1970s. Whether providing pictures for other authors, such as Charlotte Pomerantz and Mirra Ginsburg, or creating her own works, she is praised by critics for her simple yet imaginative art. If I Had a Paka: Poems in Eleven Languages, which Tafuri illustrated for Pomerantz, was selected as a Jane Addams honor book; Tafuri’s own Have You Seen My Duckling? was a Caldecott Honor Book.

Tafuri was born on November 14, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York. For the first ten years of her life she was an only child and says that this helped her learn to entertain herself with stories and art.

Tafuri entered the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1964. Her first job was as an assistant art director for the publishing firm Simon & Schuster. She left two years later and married Thomas Tafuri, a fellow student at the School of Visual Arts.

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