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The Snow Goose
     

The Snow Goose

by Pirkko Vainio, J Alison James
 

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Of all the animals on the farm where Anna lives, she loves geese best of all. So one winter day she builds a sleeping goose out of snow. And that night she dreams about a fantastic journey with her snow goose. Soft watercolor paintings capture the magic in this story about the wonder of a little girl's love for a wild bird.

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Of all the animals on the farm where Anna lives, she loves geese best of all. So one winter day she builds a sleeping goose out of snow. And that night she dreams about a fantastic journey with her snow goose. Soft watercolor paintings capture the magic in this story about the wonder of a little girl's love for a wild bird.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Plot elements of The Snow Man and Charlotte's Web are evident in this story of a girl's affection for a wild bird. On one of the last days of winter, Anna builds a goose out of snow. Although it may strike some readers as odd, Anna doesn't make the connection between the disappearing bird and melted snow, and worries that if the goose ``has flown away . . . will she be able to find her way back here again?'' In the spring, when her grandfather carries home an ailing goose, Anna is certain that her snow goose has returned. Despite her efforts, the injured bird dies, leaving an egg, which Anna tends until it hatches. Anna's gosling grows into an affectionate companion, but when summer ends, nature takes its course and the young goose flies off with a passing flock. The translation of the choppy German text aims for the poetic, but often falls flat. More appealing are the soft, muted watercolors, which impart a dreamy quality and are more effective than the story at conveying the importance of the goose in the girl's world. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Playing in the last snowfall of winter, a little girl pats together the shape of a sleeping snow goose. That night in a dream Anna and her goose go flying. The next morning, both the snow and the bird are gone. Days grow longer and warmer; the child spies her grandfather coming down the road carrying a real snow goose-but she is injured. That night, the goose dies, but leaves an egg. Anna takes care of it, and a gosling hatches. Summer comes, the little goose gets bigger, plays with the girl, learns to fly, and then joins a flock of geese flying overhead. Pale watercolors, soft and dreamlike, reinforce the story's subtle mood. There are several nice touches: a wooden mobile of geese in the child's room; her own drawings on the wall; a tumble of toys in her chest of drawers; the gosling nestled in the folds of her coat. However, there is an unevenness to the illustrations, as some are flat and underdeveloped. Yet, this is a gentle book that touches on a host of life's universal themes. A quiet story to be read to a child or read alone, it's not an essential purchase, but a comfortable addition to any collection. Do not confuse it with Paul Gallico's classic Snow Goose (Knopf, 1992) that has recently been illustrated by Beth Peck.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558581951
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.58(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Vainio works as an illustrator and graphic designer.

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