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Gossie (Gossie and Friends)

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Gossie is a gosling. A small yellow gosling who likes to wear bright red boots. All day. Every day. She wears them when she eats and sleeps, but she loves to wear them best when she goes for walks. Then, one day, Gossie can't find her red boots anywhere. Where could they be?
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Published by Walker Books Ltd (first published August 26th 2002)
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Jun 27, 2016 SaraLaLa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, to-buy
I don't know why, but I just LOVE this book.

Gossie is a gosling that likes to wear bright red boots every day. She wears it all the time. One day, she wakes up and her boots are gone. She goes on a hunt to find them. When she does find them, she has to make a tough decision.

I like the flow of the story, the pictures, and the lesson it teaches. It includes rhyme, opposites, and even a picture of a turtle (who doesn't like turtles?!?) I have skimmed some of the other books from the series, but I
J Marsano
Could be a primer on board books

This is the original in a series of "Gossie" books by Olivier Dunrea that follow the adventures of a small yellow gosling who likes to wear bright red boots everyday. The action begins when our hero has lost her bright red boots. Where could they be? The simple text structure builds on Gossie's search

The illustrations are simple and bold, and the text structure is simple. This allows a pre- or sub- verbal infant/toddler to follow along, making predictions and fill
Oct 14, 2007 Tiff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids ages 2 - 5 and their parents
I *love* all of these stories by Dunrea. When I have kids of my own these will definitely be some of the first I read to them!
Inspired Kathy
Dec 14, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute little board book that makes a great read aloud. My daughter loved it.
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea is an early entry in the Gossie and Gertie books. Gossie is "a small, yellow gosling who likes to wear bright red boots. Every day." Gossie wears them when she eats, sleeps, rides, hides, and walks. One morning Gossie can't find her red boots, so she looks under the bed, over the wall, in the barn, and under the hens. Gossie is heartbroken that she can't find them. Until she sees them walking on her friend's feet!

The text is short with simple words and lots of repetition
Jennifer Lavonier
Gossie is a perfect picture book.

A picture book’s strength lies in the marriage of text and illustrations. Often this means that you learn something from the art that isn’t stated in the words. The full story is only appreciated when you view the book as a whole. In Gossie, the bright, uncluttered, utterly pleasing art is a direct interpretation of the brief and straightforward text. But viewing them separately would deprive you of the pure joy that springs from the pages. Simply reading, “She
Melissa Frentsos
One thing we don't like about children's books is how often they use the word "love" for material things. That's the main thing we didn't like about this one. Instead of Gossie "loves" her boots, we say Gossie "likes" her boots. Instead of "Gossie was heartbroken" when her boots were missing, we say "Gossie was very sad." Anyway, kind of a cute book but really not one of our favorites.
Wendy Daniel
May 09, 2014 Wendy Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lis-4700
Gossie is a silly little goose. This series of books is a nice change of pace for babies (6 - 18 months). Introducing babies to books may seem like an irrelevant task, but this book definitely encourages a love of reading and produces some print awareness skills beginning at a young age. The colorful but simple illustrations are definitely adorable and appropriate for this age group.
Dec 09, 2012 July rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to July by: professor
Shelves: school-reading
I read this little tiny book in one of my English courses at university. The course is called "Interpersonal and Classroom Discourse" and aims to prepare us (we're all becoming Primary School teachers) for teaching children stories to German primary school pupils. German kids learn English from grade 3 on (primary school is 4 years) and they don't speek a single word English at that time.
So you have to teach them English while reading very easy stories to them - for example "Gossie".

I think it'
Aug 11, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gossie is a gosling who likes to wear red boots while doing everything. One morning, she can't find them. She looks everywhere for them and eventually finds them on Gertie's feet.

Good for toddler storytimes.
Aug 31, 2015 Nadia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
My 16-month-old daughter will literally ask for this book by name, despite the fact that she is still a little shaky saying her own brother's name. She loves the entire Gossie & Friends series!
Another Gossie & Friends book for us. This one features Gossie and her red boots she wears every day. This book is great for teaching prepositions/concepts like over, under, in, and over.
Nov 11, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
This was cute and the repetition of phrases encouraged my beginning reader to guess at the words. The illustrations are precious, simple and we love the quirky little gosling in red boots.
Rima Aroutiounian
May 29, 2014 Rima Aroutiounian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1
This little duckling loooooves her red boots! She does everything with her red boots on. She also loves to share. The book has repetition and rhyming. Good for phonological awareness.
Feb 23, 2009 Tawnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Gossie is a bright yellow gosling who loves her red boots. She wears them everyday, doing everything, until one day they go missing. She searches everywhere for them and eventually finds them on someone else’s feet. The bright primary colored illustrations are done in a vignette style, with lots of white space on the edges, but that does not stop the simple cartoon styled ink and watercolor paintings from being full of small details. The story is expressed in short and simple sentences that easi ...more
Juliana Lee
Mar 10, 2014 Juliana Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My granddaughter and I enjoyed this book so much at the bookstore, I just had to buy it for her! Next stop.... the red boots store!
Jun 27, 2009 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
I thought the style of pictures was very cute. I also liked that there was very little writing on each page, so as not to get too boring for the short attention span of young minds. Although, the whole book was apparently too long for my son, as he has yet to find out the end. I like that even though it's clear how much Gossie loves her red boots, she is still willing to share them in the end. However, the book doesn't come right out and say "Gossie shares her boots. Good for her. You should too ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jns
Cute story that kept the attention of a 4-month-old. Love the expressions on Gossie's face and the teeny-tiny turtle.
Rebecca Ann
May 26, 2015 Rebecca Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so simple and sweet. A great read for kindergarteners or potentially babies if you paperclip a few pages.
A simple easy to read story about Gossie the yellow gosling who likes to wear red boots.
Apr 09, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these goslings. I also love that this book comes with a free mp3 download
Mrs. Scott
Jun 12, 2016 Mrs. Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of Dunrea's Gossie books are marvelous and my kids love them!
Onaleigh Bryans
This is an adorable children's story. I loved it so much!!!!
Jun 05, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: london-s-library
Adorable drawings of a gossling who loves her red boots.
May 20, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this little bird and so do my students
Apr 16, 2013 Derek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is, frankly, about the least interesting book I've read.

But my son is at just the age where the story is simple enough for him to not just follow but to remember and to empathize with. (And the 'empathize' thing is a new developmental milestone that has us jumping for joy, crying, "He's NOT a sociopath after all!")

He reads the story with me, his face betraying the emotional roller coaster ride of Gossie enjoying her bright red boots, becoming heartbroken over their loss, and rejoicing at thei
Very sweet book. Toddlers love it!
Kristin Hamrock
Very cute book that is great for young readers. About Gossie, who absolutely adores her red boots and wears them everywhere. One day she can't find her red boots, and searches for them everywhere until she finds them on her friend's feet! They come to share the boots, making this story a great one to read to very young children based on the lesson of sharing. The words are simple and the book is smaller, so younger readers can hold it. My pre-k kids loved "reading" it because they could hold it ...more
Keli burris
Oct 05, 2014 Keli burris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oliver-to-read
cute little book and goose!! my little guy loved it!!
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Since his debut in 1983, author and illustrator Olivier Dunrea has created a steady stream of picture books, including concept books, stories of family life—modern and ancient—and stories about artists. Many of Dunrea's picture books testify to his love of animals and his interest in archaeology and folklore of the British Isles, and several—including Ravena, The Trow-Wife's Treasure, and Bear Noe ...more
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