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Author: Laura Wall

Illustrator: Laura Wall

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Sophie is a little girl who loves playing at the park. She is lonely and needs a friend to play with. Luckily, she finds Goose! They quickly become the best of friends, but will he have to fly south with his flock or come home with Sophie? This picture book has a new twist on the classic theme of a child-wild animal friendship.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 1.2

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My son and daughter both loved this book. They requested it over and over again.

Adult Reader Reaction: I like Goose. It has a sweet and relatable narrative. Plus, the illustrations are simple but bright and effective.

Pros: Young readers will fall in love with Sophie and Goose. The story is sweet, and the bright, cute illustrations make it fun to share.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is a really cute book and my kids loved it, but I can see them growing out of it.


Educational Themes: No explicit educational themes.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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