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Flightless Goose

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A charming, classic storybook for children that teaches without teaching on subjects like bullying, tolerance, diversity, coping with disability, being different, and celebrating strengths.

Flightless Goose is a story based around a real goose which lived on a lake in Columbus, Ohio. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the goose was unable to fly south for the winter with the other geese. Eric and Nataliya Goodman, after witnessing the incident, named the goose Gilbert, and envisioned a beautiful tale that would delight children, while subtly teaching them lessons about self worth, tolerance, and friendship.

Every child will be able to identify with Gilbert and his adventures for he liked to swim, and run, and fly. Let s go Gilbert!

48 pages, Hardcover

First published November 15, 2008

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Eric D. Goodman

7 books33 followers
Eric D. Goodman is the author of six books, including WRECKS AND RUINS (Loyola University's Apprentice House Press, 2022), THE COLOR OF JADEITE (Loyola’s Apprentice House Press, 2020), SETTING THE FAMILY FREE (Apprentice House, 2019), WOMB: A NOVEL IN UTERO (Merge Publishing, 2017), TRACKS: A NOVEL IN STORIES (Atticus Books, 2011) and FLIGHTLESS GOOSE (Writer’s Lair Books, 2008).

Born in San Jose, California, Eric has lived in the Maryland for the past 20 years. More than 100 of his short stories, articles, and travel stories have been published in journals, magazines, and periodicals. He is co-founder of the Lit & Art Reading Series, Baltimore’s longest-running literary salon. Learn more about Eric and his writing:



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13 reviews4 followers
July 31, 2012
Truly heartwarming story about goose named Gilbert, who learned to live with a terrible injury, even though it made him different. With the help of his friend Charlie, a little boy that is also physically impaired, he becomes the biggest hero of all. I think this uplifting story has all a children's book needs. The copy I have came with a CD, where the story really comes to life, with the perfect readers and vivid sound effects. My younger cousins kept begging me to play it again so they could here the "creepy" part with the bad guys. But not only were they entertained by it, but I could really tell that they understood the valuable message being told. So really, the way the theme is presented is wonderful to help young children grasp the lesson. In this way, I feel like it would be a great resource for a guidance counselor to use when teaching a lesson about bullying or diversity, without the ideas feeling forced. It would also simply be a good babysitter's companion, to keep the kids busy. So I give this a 5, for the illustrations, CD, and most importantly, the essential message of the story, that you can thrive even with your differences, and overcome whatever is holding you back, because that can make you stronger!
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520 reviews13 followers
August 9, 2011
Flightless Goose is a children’s book written by Eric D. Goodman and beautifully illustrated by Nataliya A. Goodman. Flightless Goose is based on a real goose which lived on a lake in Columbus, Ohio.

Gilbert the goose loves to play with the other geese and even made friends with Johnny who always brought the freshest bread for the geese. While playing one day with his friends, he was hit by a car and was told by Dr Fouler the goose that he would no longer be able to fly.

Due to Gilbert’s accident he was unable to fly with his friends to the South for the winter, and Gilbert is left behind. There is a whole lot more to this story. In this book there is something to learn and would recommend this book to any parent. This book also comes with a Read-a-long CD.
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3 reviews
July 14, 2017
Gilbert is different, and that’s what makes Flightless Goose great

I love storybooks that use real art done by hand instead of computer animated images. Flightless Goose has beautiful watercolor paintings to illustrate a nice story. My kids loved following Gilbert’s life story, and I loved that it had a good message without being too preachy. As his friends said in the end of the book, “Horray for Gilbert!”
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5 reviews
March 26, 2017
Great Story Teaches about Bullying, Disability, Tolerance

Children’s books can be a lot of fun and teach lessons at the same time. Flightless Goose does just that. From one point of view, it’s only a fun story about a goose who gets injured and can’t fly. From another, it teaches lessons (between the lines) about bullying, disability, being different, diversity, and more. It’s kind of like the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story, only with geese. And the illustrations, done in watercolors, are beautiful!
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