A laggard gosling is encouraged to leave its shell and join its family.
This perfectly executed tale of a slowpoke begins with a title- page image of four goslings surrounding an egg. On the next page, there's a striking image:, a close-up of the mother Canada goose's head, poking at the last unbroken egg in the nest. “Hello in there! / Are you aware….” The next spread pulls back to show mother, eggs, and other goslings, all clearly impatient. She continues, “how long we’ve all / been waiting?” Cyrus then moves high overhead to display the whole scene: the nest on the beach, the goose family (gander, too), coots in the water, “nosy crows” atop a tree. He goes on to show the nest from a variety of angles as the mother goose continues to urge her nestling to emerge. The rhythmic text, full of repeating sounds, reads aloud beautifully. Knowledgeable readers will recognize other waterside residents: beavers, blue herons, turtles, and a dragonfly. Varying perspectives and the contrast between the pale yellows and tans of the nest and the green of the surroundings make each spread a surprise. With fine lines and a gentle watercolor wash, these images are comfortably realistic. Readers can be assured that this mother goose will continue to be gentle but firm as her offspring encounters the world—still just a bit behind.
For dawdlers everywhere. (Picture book. 2-6)