Denise Brennan-Nelson

Grady the Goose

Grady the Goose

From the moment she hatches from her egg, Grady Goose has to do things her way, often ignoring her parents’ rule of “stick together.” But when she lags behind as the rest of her family leaves for warmer climes, Grady learns the hard way that one is the loneliest number, especially for a young goose. A chance encounter with a helpful farmer soon sets things right, and a happy ending is in store for Grady and her family.

Denise Brennan-Nelson returns with another gentle lesson for young readers. An informative section on geese facts adds a wonderful wildlife component perfect for family or classroom use.




“Deftly written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and expertly illustrated by award-winning wildlife artist Michael Glenn Monroe, Grady the Goose is a wonderfully entertaining picturebook.”
— Children’s Bookwatch, October 2006


PreSchool – Grade 3 – Grady is the last of 12 eggs to be hatched, and the most worrisome: she likes to wander off. As the season gradually changes to autumn, her parents find themselves repeatedly counting their many offspring, only to find one missing. Unfortunately, Grady is not among her flock when they fly south. Left alone, she’s chased by a wolf and must fly solo through the night. Without support, she quickly tires and tumbles from the sky and becomes ensnared in barbed-wire fencing. She’s rescued by a kind farmer who drives her to a nearby field where, lo and behold, her family is found. It is obvious that the author is using nature to teach the value of family. Despite this contrivance, the overstated text is softened by glorious, realistic paintings that bring the gosling’s natural world to life. Due to the messy tuft of feathers on top of Grady’s head, young readers can identify and cheer for her safety and success. A final page gives further facts about the migration of Canada Geese, again stressing their ability to work together as a unit.
–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI School Library Journal (c) Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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Father and Mother Goose and all their goslings live peacefully on a quiet little pond. Grady, the youngest, likes to venture off on her own and sometimes Mama’s scoldings go unheeded. As the seasons pass, Father and Mother teach their young how to find food, how to fly, and most of all how to stick together. Soon the cool winds of fall are blowing. The geese gather for their long journey south. With a flutter of wings they are on their way, a beautiful V-formation of geese heading for warmer places. After covering many miles, the geese land in a grassy field for a much-needed rest. Mama scans the crowd to check on her young. Something is terribly wrong. Grady is missing! While all the geese had been preparing for the journey, Grady had been reveling in the wonders around her. Now she has been left behind to face the harsh world alone. Luckily for Grady, a kindly farmer comes along. Children will enjoy reading about how the farmer saves the day. The beautiful double- paged nature illustrations capture the drama and emotion of this tender tale. An addendum of geese facts is included. A great read aloud. Also works well for independent reading. A nice resource for a class learning about geese or studying the different seasons.
–Children’s Literature


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