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Bang, Molly.
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Publication Information:
[Weston, CT] : Weston Woods : Scholastic, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (approximately 10 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book ([36] pages : color illustrations)
General Note:
Compact disc.

Track 1: With page-turn-signals. Track 2: Without page-turn signals.

"Read-Along CD" ; to be used with the book of the same title.

Book published : New York : Blue Sky Press, c1996.
Reading Level:
NC 790 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 152157.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 26748 Guided reading level: H.

Format :
Audiobook on CD


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Hatched far from the nest, the little gosling is loved enormously by her adoptive family of woodchucks. But sometimes she feels sad and "different". But everything changes the day she stumbles off a cliff and discovers she can fly! Full color.

Author Notes

Molly Bang was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1943. After college, Bang taught English in Japan. She returned to the U.S and earned her graduate degree in East Asian Languages and Literatures, then worked in India, Bangladesh, and West Africa for Johns Hopkins, Unicef and Harvard. Her first books were translations of folktales, which she also illustrated.

Bang has received many awards and honors, including the prestigious Caldecott Honor Book Award three times, for The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, Ten, Nine, Eight and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. She won the Giverny Award for Best Science Picture Book for Common Ground in 1998. Ten, Nine, Eight also won the ALA Notable Children's Book and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry, won the Charlotte Zolotow Award. It was also an ALA Notable Book and a Jane Addams Children's Honor Book

Her titles include Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays, Tiger's Fall, Little Rat Sets Sail, My Light, and Picture This: Perception and Composition.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-8. With affection and rising excitement, Bang tells the archetypal story of leaving home, and every frame in her small picture book expresses the variety and connection and astonishment of the story. The telling is simple and lovely, not one word too many. "On a dreadfully dark and stormy night" an egg rolls out of a nest and lands in a woodchucks' den, where a baby goose hatches (and bursts through the frame of the picture). The woodchuck family adores Goose, and she learns from them what they know. But she feels different and lonely, so she sets out to see what she can figure out. Sadder and sadder, she climbs a steep cliff, loses her footing, and falls: "she flailed and flapped her wings and found out--she could FLY!" And then there's a wonderfully unexpected surprise. In the usual Ugly Duckling^-type story, such as the popular Stellaluna (1993), the displaced little foundling finds her biological mother; here, Goose flies home to the loving woodchuck family that raised her. Bang's animals are exquisitely drawn, both fragile and sturdy. They aren't anthropomorphized, except in occasional playful touches, as when the woodchucks and Goose stand stiffly together as if posed for a family photo. Only one page with four little snapshot frames is too crowded and blurry. Otherwise, the changing perspectives of woods, stream, and sky combine dramatically with close-ups of a woodchuck's face, a single leaf, a feather. On the first reading, kids will want to rush to the end to find out what happens, but they'll ask for this story again, and then they'll stop and see that Goose is different and so is every individual thing--and they belong together. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

The importance of accepting oneself and of appreciating differences in others is among the affirming messages in Bang's (The Paper Crane) deceptively simple tale, a kinder, gentler cousin of "The Ugly Duckling." Through spare but dynamic illustrations and minimal text, this small-format volume introduces a gosling raised by a family of woodchucks who teach her "all they thought a youngster should know," including how to dig, swim and avoid hunters. Much loved by her adoptive family members, the goose is nevertheless sad because she knows she is "different." No one can make her feel better, so she sets off "into the world to see what she could figure out by herself." Tumbling off a high cliff, the desolate creature discovers a hidden talent: she can fly. And she does-straight back to her woodchuck home. Like other passages here, the concluding sentence ("You know, that goose surprised everyone, especially herself") seems intentionally open-ended, leaving room for interpretation and inviting discussion on any number of issues, including adoption. A useful read-aloud, sized just right for a laptime one-on-one. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-On a dark, stormy night, an egg blows out of a goose's nest and rolls into a woodchuck's den. The woodchuck family happily accepts the baby goose that hatches, but no matter how they try, the little goose feels sad and different. It is only after she goes off into the world and accidentally falls off a cliff that she discovers that she can fly. So, she flies back to her adopted family secure in her uniqueness. Through its quiet, understated text and warm, rich illustrations, this reverse ugly-duckling story celebrates being different, but still being accepted. The book's layout and small format are particularly effective. Some of the paintings are done on double-page spreads, some consist of two or three panels to a page, and others are details of the larger picture that really zero in on the action, drawing readers' eyes and attention to a focal point. This is especially true when the egg rolls out of the nest during the storm and when the goose goes over the cliff. The text is spare, but through it and the vibrant artwork, a profound message is presented. Goose is well suited as a read-aloud for groups or a cozy one-on-one situation. The story is universal enough for preschoolers, but will be appreciated as well by older children. Pair it with Andersen's classic The Ugly Duckling.-Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.