Little Goose

By David Mraz; Margot Apple (Illustrator)
(Tricycle Press, Hardcover, 9781582461908, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 14, 2009

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Round things like pebbles and puddles and marbles and bubbles remind Little Goose of something, but he can't remember what it is. So he sets off on a journey in order to recall the special feeling he gets when he sees baskets and buckets and balls that roll. But Turtle's round rock isn't quite right, and neither are the flies that buzz 'round Frog's head, nor Mouse's round house, deep down in a hole.

Only when he returns home does Little Goose remember what makes him feel cozy and comfy, and happy, too-: -that most special place within the soft circle of his mama's wings. This timeless tale of coming home to a mother's love will ring true with explorers of all ages. Reviews“Apple’s full-bleed colored-pencil illustrations add appropriate warmth and gentleness to Mraz’s fable…”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

DAVID MRAZ is a retired teacher, father of two, and grandfather of one. Like Little Goose, he is a born explorer who has traveled from sunny Southern California to Latin America, to North Africa, and Europe. David now lives in New Mexico with his wife and family.

In a career spanning almost three decades, award-winning illustrator and author Margot Apple has brought to life the texts of more than fifty books for children, including the best-selling Sheep in a Jeep series. Margot lives in Shelburn Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband, their cats and their horses.

Praise For Little Goose

Review, Genesee Valley Parent, May 1, 2010:
"Celebrating the special bond between mother and child, and full of fun rhymes and colorful illustrations, this book is perfect for reading aloud this Mother's Day!"

Review, Booklist:
"It’s hard to imagine a cozier story....Idealistically rendered in whisper-soft pencil, the book has an old-fashioned appeal; except for one zany spread of Little Goose crammed into a mouse hole, the perspectives are kept as regular and soothing as the text. Occasional words in boldface, like Little Goose’s refrain of 'Hoinkle-oinkle!'make this a fun read-aloud option." 

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