Caroline Jayne Church One Smart Goose

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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 shine and glow in the moonlight, while he will blend in.

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PreSchool-Grade 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
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PreS-Gr. 2. The smart (but dirty) goose of the title has perfected the art of camouflage. The other bright-white geese fear the fox on moonlit nights, but the dirty goose walks unafraid. When the others learn the secret, they leap into a muddy pond. As time goes by, the weather grows cold. The little goose finds a clean pond and scrubs its feathers, but it can't convince the others to do the same. Then snow falls, the moon rises, and the fox chases the dirty geese--until the clean goose outfoxes him once and for all. The clever story will hold the attention of young children, but the illustrations are the book's most striking feature. Bold black lines define the forms of the geese, the fox, and the setting, while textured papers, bits of smudgy print, and collage elements enrich the simple compositions. Visually appealing, this provides an excellent early introduction to the concept of camouflage in nature as well as a narrative worth repeat readings. Carolyn Phelan
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