Monday, March 6, 2017

Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring

Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring
written and illustrated by Rebecca Bond
2017 (Charlesbridge)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

Pig dreamed she was flying with Goose. They flew over hills and fields. They flew over barns and rivers. They flew over a pond with a big oak tree. 

Carrying a picnic basket on a beautiful early spring day, Pig spots a small white dot in the sky. The dot turns out to be a goose who lands right beside her. Pig, being a kind soul, compliments Goose on his flying and wishes she could do the same. She asks Goose to teach her and he agrees. Sadly, no amount of speed or flapping of arms will lift Pig into the sky. On the bright side, the two have a good belly laugh at the thought of Pig flying. She suggests that they enjoy her picnic lunch by the pond. Later, Pig sees that Goose is not only an excellent flyer, but also a superb swimmer. This produces a bit of inadequacy in her heart. But Goose tells her that she has talents. He is quite correct, as later that evening, Pig proves to be a top notch hostess of a First-Day-of-Spring Party. She is charming, witty, and a spry dancer. As they clean and dry the dishes after the party, Goose tells Pig that she is wonderful. A little embarrassed, Pig asks if they can have another picnic the next day. These two have become fast friends.

You can't help but feel good after reading this book. Real friends notice the best in each other and Pig and Goose certainly model this. This is a good lesson on what friends do for each other. Pig and Goose works well as an early reader, with just right text for late first grade/early second grade readers. It's a nice bridge to the bigger chapter books to come. Pig and Goose are a welcome addition to the land of early readers.

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