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THE LITTLE GREEN GOOSE by Adele Sansone

THE LITTLE GREEN GOOSE

By Adele Sansone (Author) , Anke Faust (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2292-4
Publisher: NorthSouth

In this significantly revised and newly illustrated edition of a 1999 import, a gander who yearns to be a Dad gets his wish when an untended dragon egg turns up. The scaly green hatchling bonds instantly with his feathered parent, and even though the local hens’ declaration that he’s not a “proper goose” sends him off on a brief search for his “real daddy,” he returns contentedly to Mr. Goose at the end. Said hatchling is much smaller and more childlike in Faust’s bright, strongly textured, collaged barnyard scenes (Mr. Goose’s body is filled in with photographed feathers) than in Alan Marks’s more impressionistic originals, and the revelation that Mr. Goose is a father (not a mom) has moved from the closing scene to right up front at the hatching—a male single parent being less of a stretch these days, perhaps. Both versions make low-key, indirect ways of introducing younger children to the ideas of single parenthood and of mixed-race (not to mention -species) adoption. (Picture book. 4-6)