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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Silly Tilly, a goose, drives the other barnyard animals crazy with her silliness. They very gruffly tell her to stop. So she does. Then they discover that they miss her old ways. This is a classic theme in children's picture books about being careful what you wish for.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked the book because of the cover, which has a goose in a bubble filled tub bathing herself! She laughed a lot and was sad for Silly Tilly when they told her to stop being silly. She thought it was silly and enjoyed the funny things the goose did to make the other animals laugh. She especially like when the goose kicks pickles at hogs, tickles the frogs, and wore a pancake as a hat.
Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the story and the great illustrations. I liked that even though the goose was a little silly in the end they all accepted her for who she was.
Pros: This engaging story has good illustrations and an easy-to-understand lesson. There is also plenty of humor to bring home the point about relationships. The book offers a good example of how to treat friends who are different than we are.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. You're likely to read this story a couple of times, and its meaning can grow as your preschooler becomes a first grader. Libraries are sure to have a copy. It would be an excellent addition to their collections.
Educational Themes: With each event, there are opportunities to talk about "what would you say?" or "how would you feel?" The story offers teachable moments about friendship, feelings, and acceptance, in a story that doesn't beat kids over the head with the lessons.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.