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Book Review

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star

By Denebola
Published: December 2009

Ted & Sara Dalicondro
Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star
Written and illustrated
by Petr Horacek

Children become more involved in reading when they are read to, and they are even more involved when there are more adult readers than one. So, Sara Dalicandro joined in this reading/review venture with her husband, Ted.

We read, Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star written by Petr Horacek (no illustrator listed). We read the book to the two of our children’€Olivia, age 5 and Emma, age 3.
They both were very engaged while they heard the book, and enjoyed the illustrations, which were colorful and sharply and somewhat hazily drawn.

Both children felt sorry for Suzy as she tried to reach the star in the course of the story, but always kept going “splat. Olivia especially liked how at the end of the story the star looked like it was really on top of the tree.

It was a nice solution to Suzy’s dilemma.

Emma liked it when I read the animal sounds to her. She is really into animals and what they “say, so this was a perfect addition to the book for a three-year-old.

Olivia said she liked how the Suzy’s beak and flippers were a bright, bright orange and stuck out in the middle of the snow storm, almost like that was all you could see on some pages.

For the parents, it helped that the words were large and clear, and in a font where the look of the letters are familiar with children (for example, the letter ‘Ëœa’). 

The girls’ parents had a few questions of their own.

We would be very interested to learn what other problems Suzy and her animal friends run into in future books, and how Suzy fixes them (or thinks she fixes them).

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