One winter in a marsh near their home close to the Chesapeake Bay, a brother and sister find a Canada goose decoy that comes to life and shares her sad story with them.
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Deborah Clearman was born in North Carolina and grew up on a tobacco farm in Southern Maryland. She studied art history and fine arts at Bryn Mawr College and pursued a career in painting. Represented by First Street Gallery in New York City, her paintings and prints have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums. She wrote and illustrated THE GOOSE'S TALE (Whispering Coyote Press) for children. Rediscovering an early passion--her first (unpublished) novel written at age ten was forty pages, handwritten--she changed focus from painting to writing fiction. Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. TODOS SANTOS is her first novel.
Clearman is Program Director for NY Writers Coalition, a nonprofit organization that gives voice to formerly unheard members of society through the art of writing. A mother of two grown children, she lives in New York City and Guatemala.
K-Gr 4--On a cold winter day, a brother and sister find a wooden goose hidden in a Chesapeake Bay marsh. They discover the decoy is charmed after she speaks to them and describes her former life as a living Canada Goose. Shot by a hunter, she was transformed into a decoy as she fell to the earth. Separated from her mate, she lay in the reeds until the children find her. The goose teaches them to fly, and they set off to find the missing gander. When the children return with him, the spell is broken and the two birds fly off together. This tale of fantasy depends upon readers believing in its magic. Unfortunately, the stilted dialogue and uninspired narrative make the story seem implausible rather than magical. Full-page illustrations adequately complement the story with impressionistic landscapes and birds in rich pastels. But the children and the hunter add an awkward and stiff presence to the scenes. An interesting idea that falls short of success.
Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
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Book Description Charlesbridge, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111879085852
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Book Description Charlesbridge, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1879085852