Three Good Deeds [NOOK Book]

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If Howard had known the old hag was a witch, he never would have taunted her. But he did, and she did what witches do--cursed him--and now he's a goose! Howard is desperate to become a human again. But the only way to break the curse is to do three good deeds. How can you help others when you've got webbed feet, wings for hands, and can't say anything but "Honk"?
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Overview

If Howard had known the old hag was a witch, he never would have taunted her. But he did, and she did what witches do--cursed him--and now he's a goose! Howard is desperate to become a human again. But the only way to break the curse is to do three good deeds. How can you help others when you've got webbed feet, wings for hands, and can't say anything but "Honk"?
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-When Howard tries to steal the eggs that were just laid near Goose Pond, he is caught by the old woman who protects them. She is rumored to be a witch, but Howard has no reason to believe this is true until she turns him into a goose in order to teach him a lesson. The only way in which he can reverse the curse is to perform three good deeds, which is much harder than he first suspects. Vande Velde uses her usual subtle humor to show what it might be like to be a boy stuck in a goose's body. Kids will get a kick out of seeing how Howard goes about getting his deeds accomplished; nothing happens the way he thinks it will. This is a good naughty-boy-makes-good book for reluctant or easy-chapter-book readers. It's clear, uncomplicated, and entertaining, and Vande Velde manages to offer a message without being too pedantic.-Carly B. Wiskoff, Great Neck Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Village children call the old lady living by the pond a witch, and the moniker turns out to be dead on, as young Howard discovers when she catches him trying to steal goose eggs. Suddenly, he's transformed into a goose himself-doomed to stay that way until he performs three good deeds. That turns out to be not so easy as he supposes: Not only is he regarded with suspicion by the pond's other feathered residents, and as potential dinner by his former friends and neighbors, but, as he learns, even brave deeds like battling an egg-eating rat don't count if they're motivated by self-interest. Like Donna Jo Napoli's classic Prince of the Pond (1992), this is as much about inner change as outer. Having gone through sometimes-hilarious struggles getting used to his new body and social standing, Howard ultimately learns how to do good selflessly, and walks away in the end a relieved and wiser lad. Another funny and thought-provoking tale in folkloric dress from Vande Velde. (Fantasy. 9-11)
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"A nicely accomplished, entertaining read, with strong potential for reading aloud to younger children."—Booklist
"This is a good naughty-boy-makes-good book for reluctant or easy-chapter-book readers. It's clear, uncomplicated, and entertaining."—School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547351575
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 311,485
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 774 KB

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde has written many highly acclaimed books for teen and middle-grade readers, including Three Good Deeds, Heir Apparent, Deadly Pink, and the Edgar Award– winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at vivianvandevelde.com.

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Howard

Though all the children of the village of Dumphrey's Mill called the woman whose little house sat at the edge of Goose Pond "the old witch," Howard never suspected till too late that she truly was a witch.

She was old and she was ugly, and to the children that was reason enough to call her a witch.

It was also reason enough to tag along behind her those times when she came into the village to sell milk from her goats or to buy grain from the miller. Howard was not the best nor the worst of the children to ever be born in Dumphrey's Mill. So when the old witch would come to town, Howard did not suggest it might be fun to tease her; but neither did he suggest it might not be nice. Instead, he would join in with the others and imitate the way she walked-her shoulders hunched, her right foot dragging behind her-until she'd notice and shake her cane at them, which caused them to flee with delighted screeches of terror.

One spring day when the witch had not come to town, Howard and his best friend, Roscoe, noticed the freshly laundered sheets Roscoe's mother had hung on the line to dry. Because there was nothing to do, and because they were boys, they thought the sheets on the line made a fine cave. One thing led to another, and in short order the cave was in pretty serious need of more laundering.

At the exact moment Roscoe's mother discovered this, it was Roscoe's turn to be the dragon in the cave; Howard, as the knight, was in the side yard looking for a stick that could pass for a sword. So Roscoe's mother never saw Howard as she dragged Roscoe by the ear into the house, to the accompaniment of some very un-dragonlike yelps.

Howard could have knocked on the door and volunteered the information that the knight versus cave-dragon game had in fact been his idea, but it was too late to save Roscoe anyway, so Howard decided it was no use sacrificing himself for nothing.

But without Roscoe, there was very little excitement in the village of Dumphrey's Mill.

That was when Howard decided he would go to Goose Pond and see if the geese had laid any eggs yet.

Even though the geese there were wild, everyone knew the old witch was very protective of them: As soon as the snow melted every spring, she pulled weeds from the edge of the pond so that when the geese returned from their winter home in the south they would find the area ready for building their nests. And throughout the spring and summer, she threw out crusts of bread for them to eat. When it was time for them to return to the warmth of the south, she would stand on the edge of the pond and shout good-byes, calling each by name.

Howard thought this was ridiculous behavior because everyone knows both geese and goose eggs are for eating.

When Howard arrived at Goose Pond that spring day, he stood hidden at the edge of the trees and looked over the old witch's yard to make sure she wasn't someplace she'd be able to see him.

As there was no sign of her, Howard crept to the edge of the pond and began searching for nests.

He found one quickly.

By the way the goose who'd been sitting there hissed and flapped her wings, Howard could tell that she was indeed guarding eggs.

He waved his cap and managed to startle her away long enough to snatch three of the eight eggs from the nest.

"You don't need so many," he assured her as she tried to peck him.

He set one of the eggs on the edge of the grass and rolled it toward the water's edge to distract the mother goose. This did indeed confuse her. As she rushed to save that one, Howard grabbed another, put all three into his cap, and started to run away.

Except something caught in his feet, and he fell hard.

When he looked up, he saw that what had tripped him had been the old witch's cane.

Copyright © 2005 by Vande Velde, Vivian

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Table of Contents

Howard 1

The Old Witch 7

Goose 11

Plans 21

Red 31

Pond Life 42

Dumphrey's Mill 49

Reunion 59

Old Friends 72

Town Goose 85

Brave Goose 94

Braver Goose 108

Bravest Goose 115

A Change in the Wind 123

Howard and the Old Witch 137
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First Chapter

Howard

Though all the children of the village of Dumphrey's Mill called the woman whose little house sat at the edge of Goose Pond "the old witch," Howard never suspected till too late that she truly was a witch.

She was old and she was ugly, and to the children that was reason enough to call her a witch.

It was also reason enough to tag along behind her those times when she came into the village to sell milk from her goats or to buy grain from the miller. Howard was not the best nor the worst of the children to ever be born in Dumphrey's Mill. So when the old witch would come to town, Howard did not suggest it might be fun to tease her; but neither did he suggest it might not be nice. Instead, he would join in with the others and imitate the way she walked-her shoulders hunched, her right foot dragging behind her-until she'd notice and shake her cane at them, which caused them to flee with delighted screeches of terror.

One spring day when the witch had not come to town, Howard and his best friend, Roscoe, noticed the freshly laundered sheets Roscoe's mother had hung on the line to dry. Because there was nothing to do, and because they were boys, they thought the sheets on the line made a fine cave. One thing led to another, and in short order the cave was in pretty serious need of more laundering.

At the exact moment Roscoe's mother discovered this, it was Roscoe's turn to be the dragon in the cave; Howard, as the knight, was in the side yard looking for a stick that could pass for a sword. So Roscoe's mother never saw Howard as she dragged Roscoe by the ear into the house, to the accompaniment of some very un-dragonlike yelps.

Howard couldhave knocked on the door and volunteered the information that the knight versus cave-dragon game had in fact been his idea, but it was too late to save Roscoe anyway, so Howard decided it was no use sacrificing himself for nothing.

But without Roscoe, there was very little excitement in the village of Dumphrey's Mill.

That was when Howard decided he would go to Goose Pond and see if the geese had laid any eggs yet.

Even though the geese there were wild, everyone knew the old witch was very protective of them: As soon as the snow melted every spring, she pulled weeds from the edge of the pond so that when the geese returned from their winter home in the south they would find the area ready for building their nests. And throughout the spring and summer, she threw out crusts of bread for them to eat. When it was time for them to return to the warmth of the south, she would stand on the edge of the pond and shout good-byes, calling each by name.

Howard thought this was ridiculous behavior because everyone knows both geese and goose eggs are for eating.

When Howard arrived at Goose Pond that spring day, he stood hidden at the edge of the trees and looked over the old witch's yard to make sure she wasn't someplace she'd be able to see him.

As there was no sign of her, Howard crept to the edge of the pond and began searching for nests.

He found one quickly.

By the way the goose who'd been sitting there hissed and flapped her wings, Howard could tell that she was indeed guarding eggs.

He waved his cap and managed to startle her away long enough to snatch three of the eight eggs from the nest.

"You don't need so many," he assured her as she tried to peck him.

He set one of the eggs on the edge of the grass and rolled it toward the water's edge to distract the mother goose. This did indeed confuse her. As she rushed to save that one, Howard grabbed another, put all three into his cap, and started to run away.

Except something caught in his feet, and he fell hard.

When he looked up, he saw that what had tripped him had been the old witch's cane.


Copyright © 2005 by Vande Velde, Vivian

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    One of best books in the world

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    Posted February 26, 2012

    Leson learned

    Howard becomes a goose after trying to steal goose eggs and is turned into a goose himself. He then has to do three good deeds which is not easy for him to do. Later he finally completes the three good deeds and helps the old lady do what she wanted to happen when she died.

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    best book

    i lov this book it fun and amazing if i could reccomend a book it would be THREE GOOD DEEDS

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    This is the best book ive ever read.i read it in school.BEST BOOK ever

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