The 18 Penny Goose
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: The 18 Penny Goose
Author: Sally M. Walker
Series: An I Can Read Book
Major Themes: Geese, Easy Readers, Historical Fiction, American Revolution
Synopsis: When Letty and her family fled from the British army, would they find either their house or Letty’s geese when they returned?
The I Can Read Books that are based on historical stories are very good. I’m always delighted to find one that we haven’t come across before. Even my 4-year-old loves to have these books read aloud to her, and the slightly older children find them very interesting when they practice reading with them. This morning, we found The 18 Penny Goose and enjoyed reading it together.
Letty and her family had packed up their wagon and they were getting away from their home before the British soldiers arrived. Letty could hardly bear to leave her geese, and she told the gander, Solomon, that he should go and hide so the soldiers wouldn’t eat him. She left a note asking them to spare her geese.
The family was away for several days, until they received word that it was safe to return home. What would they find? Would the house still be standing? Would the geese be there waiting for them? Or would everything be gone? What a surprise Letty found!
The 18 Penny Goose is based on something that really happened during the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. It is a sweet story of a little girl and her special pets, although it does not sugarcoat war and what sometimes happens. We really liked the pictures; one of my boys commented that they are real pictures, rather than comic-style ones. It was just the kind of book we really enjoy!
Read Aloud—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9
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Keywords: Geese, Easy Readers, Historical Fiction, American Revolution