Goodbye, Geese

  • Title: Goodbye, Geese
  • Author: Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Illustrator: Ed Young
  • Publisher: Scholastic, by arrangement with Philomel Books, a division of The Putnam & Grosset Book Group
  • Publication year: 1991
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“A father describes the coming of winter to his little girl.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This could be another book to use for young children when first mentioning the seasons. This is also a very lyrical book, and it personifies winter as a “she.” Perhaps this could also be used for older children as they learning different literature staples such as personification, and metaphor.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – The illustrations in this book are almost abstract. The charcoal illustrations done by Ed Young allow the mind to make inferences. The use of color is interesting, with mostly cool tones such as blue, purple, and white (to symbolize snow). However, as the book continues to climax, as the geese start to take off, the illustrations include bright colors like yellow-orange, orange, and red.

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