Judith Kerr The Other Goose

ISBN 13: 9780060082543

The Other Goose

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There once was a goose called Katerina. Everybody liked her. But she was sad because she was the only goose on her pond.

Sometimes Katerina thought she could see another goose in the side of a shiny car. She'd stare and stare at the other goose and think, "One day that goose will come out. Then I'll no longer be the only goose on the pond."

And suddenly one day ... it did!

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About the Author:

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Nazi Germany with her family in 1933 and fled across Europe, eventually settling in England. Years later she wrote about her experiences in her best-selling novel for middle-grade readers When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. She is also the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including TheTiger Who Came to Tea, which was first published in 1968 and has since sold more than one million copies worldwide. She lives in England.

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At first glance, Kerr's (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit) heroine seems to be just another earnestly dimwitted and excitable goose. But with calm, unadorned prose, smooth pacing and the genial realism of her modest colored-pencil drawings, Kerr makes Katerina more than the butt of a joke. Yearning for a companion to share life in the town's pond, Katerina believes that the reflection she sees in a shiny car is actually the other goose of the title: One day that goose will come out, thinks Katerina. Then I'll no longer be the only goose on the pond. But a snowfall that comes between Katerina and the reflection makes her think that her beloved has escaped! The sight of a man carrying a goose-sized thing in [a] goose-sized bag convinces Katerina that her soulmate is the victim of a goose-napping, and she single-mindedly pursues the perceived culprit. In the end, not only does justice prevail Katerina foils a bank robber but true love does, too: as a reward for her bravery, the town acquires a dashing gander named Charlie. The story gains from the English village setting (the mayor appears in a ceremonial robe) and from the supporting role awarded a girl shown admiring her own reflection on the car's surface, she is the only one who understands what Katerina really wants. This confidently unhurried story should evoke sighs of contentment from the audience. Ages 4-8.
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