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Gossie First Edition
Contributor(s): Dunrea, Olivier
ISBN: 0618176748     ISBN-13: 9780618176748
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2002
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Annotation: Gossie is a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots--every day. When Gossie can't find her beloved boots one morning, she looks all over for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Geese; Fiction.
Boots; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2002000214
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Series: Gossie and Friends
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 6.25" H x 6.25" W x 0.75" (0.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 66053
Reading Level: 1.1   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q32685
Reading Level: 1.4   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots--every day. One morning Gossie can't find her beloved boots. She looks everywhere for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn. Preschoolers will enjoy helping Gossie find her red boots and delight in where Gossie finally finds them.

Contributor Bio(s):
Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children’s books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring)
In two small, square, adventurous books, goslings Gossie and Gertie begin a friendship and go on to do everything together--though it's not [cf2]always[cf1] Gossie who leads and Gertie who follows. Succinct texts use repetition and predictability with skill and work well with early independent readers and preschoolers. The illustrations are spare and expressive, yet include a multitude of details. [Review covers these titles: [cf2]Gossie[cf1] and [cf2]Gossie and Gertie[cf1].] Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Dunrea's captivating stories about three inquisitive goslings make perfect board books. Dunrea is precisely attuned to the toddler world, and his goslings have the same concerns: making friends, losing beloved objects, wanting someone else's beloved objects. The goslings march across the clean white pages in their bright blue and red boots, having tiny adventures and learning about the world as they go. [Review covers these titles: Gossie, Gossie & Gertie, Ollie, and Ollie the Stomper.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
The stories about Dunrea's iconic goslings are now in early-reader format. Large type and plenty of white space, along with lots of room for the beguiling illustrations, will make these books a hit with young fans who are now ready to tackle reading themselves. A downloadable "read-along audio" file is available. [Review covers the following Green Light Readers titles: Gemma & Gus and Gus.] Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2003 #1)
In two small, square, adventurous books, goslings Gossie and Gertie begin a friendship based on a shared love of brightly colored boots and go on to do everything together-though itÆs not always Gossie who leads and Gertie who follows. Succinct texts use repetition and predictability with great skill and will therefore work equally well with early independent readers and preschoolers; Dunrea is never dull, though, and so both books eventually throw over their linear progression for pleasingly unpredictable endings. The illustrations, focused against restful white space, are spare and expressive, models of composition and clarity. Yet as simple as they are, and as tightly focused as they are on the goslings and on the red-and-blue-boot-centered action, they include a multitude of details. A quick inventory shows moles, bees, butterflies, frogs, hummingbirds, snails, spiders, ladybugs, caterpillars-the books teem with life, benignly. Gossie and GertieÆs boots are made for walking; the books they so delightfully traverse are made for treasuring. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 July #3)
This is Gossie. Gossie is a gosling, opens the first of Dunreas hand-size square volumes starring two likable, diminutive characters. From the start, the author strikes an appealing, unorthodox note Gossie is first seen only from the neck up, hanging upside-down from the top of the opening page and this playfulness continues throughout both books. In the first, Gossie, who loves her red boots as much as Lilly loves her purple plastic purse, is distraught when her fancy footwear goes missing. After searching the farm high and low, she spots the boots: They were walking. On someone else s feet! Enter Gertie. Great boots! said Gertie. Gossie smiled. Gossie shares half of her prized possession with her new, slightly smaller pal, and the two walk side-by-side, each wearing one red boot. In the second story, Gertie has her own boots (a bright blue pair) and asserts her independence. In a sequence of perfectly timed illustrations, Dunrea depicts Gossie s mounting frustration until, finally, she follows Gertie to the supper bowl they share. Adding ample wry humor to both his spare ink-and-watercolor pictures and minimalist text, Dunrea imbues both goslings with distinctive, endearing personalities and chronicles experiences every preschooler can recognize. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 January #4)
Two more feathered favorites hit the board book scene in Gossie and Gossie & Gertie by Olivier Dunrea. In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, "Preschoolers cannot help but recognize themselves in the guise of two irresistible goslings, who star in a pair of handsize volumes about friendship, sharing and budding independence." (Houghton, $6.95 each 32p ages 3-5 ISBN 978-0-618-74791-7; 978-0-618-74793-1; Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 September)
PreS-K-Two books that are sure to become favorites because they tap into quintessential preschool experiences. In the first book, Gossie's red boots are missing. When they are found on the feet of Gertie, a smaller gosling, Gossie ends up sharing them. In the second story, Gertie is back, this time with blue boots of her own. She follows Gossie and does everything Gossie says, for a while. When she begins to do her own thing, her friend gets upset. By the end, the tables turn and Gertie leads Gossie to the food bowl, which they share, struggles forgotten. Dunrea's texts use easy words and simple, repetitive sentences, with a little bit of rhyming when it fits: "She wears them when she rides. She wears them when she hides" (Gossie). The ink-and-watercolor illustrations add little details that will reward observant children, such as a small insect in the background. Gossie's rural world is reassuringly child-sized, clear, and contained, as indicated by simple lines, primary colors, and focused illustrations on a white background. Because of the books' small size they will be better for one-on-one sharing than for group storytime. Young children will ask to hear these stories again and again, and they're just right for little hands.-Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.