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Author: Laura Wall

Illustrator: Laura Wall

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: The girl in the story is nervous about going to school for the first time so her goose goes with her. The reader sees the goose popping up all over and the kids at school make friends with the goose. This picture book about the first day of school can also be used as an early reader.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself:6 to 8

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.3

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter enjoyed Goose Goes to School. School is new to her so she appreciates the apprehension that comes with school. She liked the goose and the idea of bringing a pet to school.

Adult Reader Reaction: It was a simple fun read. The pictures are fun. I wasn't surprised that she liked it.

Pros: Cute illustrations and simple text combine to help new students with first day jitters.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I enjoyed this book and so did my daughter, but you can't buy every book. I would definitely check this out and save my money for something phenomenal.


Educational Themes: Kids in second and third grade (who have jitters but won't admit it) can get the benefit of the story in a creative way. Ask them to compare and contrast Goose and Mary Had a Little Lamb.

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, school, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

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