Mr. Goose longs for a baby, and the barnyard hens are in an uproar over his constant requests for an egg to hatch. When Daisy the dog unearths a gigantic one, Mr. Goose lovingly builds a nest and hatches a scaly-skinned, spiky-tailed “green goose” who calls him Mama. While the illustrations reveal that the baby is a dinosaur, young listeners will delight in the fact that the text never discloses his identity. Mr. Goose is a wonderful parent and showers his child with unconditional love and acceptance. However, the other chicks quickly point out the baby’s differences and taunt him with “Mr. Goose can’t be your real mother.” Despondent, the little green goose tries to find a mother who looks like him, but soon comes to realize where he truly belongs. A wonderful story with a clear message: families are created from love. Ages 3-8.
Contributors: Marks, Alan, 1957- ill., James, J. Alison.