Kind To George
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Read ... Highly Recommended ... 5 stars
Oliver a 'flob a lob dog' has
big feet, an ungainly lope and lots of curiosity. Out on an early
morning walk Oliver and Greg a strange hissing sound coming from
the grasses along the side of the path. Oliver hides behind Greg
as he peers into some reeds to find a round head, dark, beady
eyes and a funny green something covered in water slime. George
is a goose.
Greg who owns a café likes
to take fennel seed to feed to the birds he meets on his walks.
One day the goose follows Greg to the lake. Soon there is no
more green slime covering George's feathers. He is white and
lovely, eats more seed spends his summer swimming in the lake
and waiting for Ollie and Greg. When Ranger Sue explains to Greg
that feeding wild creatures can cause the animal to come to depend
on humans and forget to look for food on their own Greg does
not go to visit his feathered friend so much.
George loved all the attention
he received from visitors to the lake. In the fall when the children
go back to school George learns that not all people are kind
or good when some rowdies chase, yell and grab at him. Afraid,
hurt and lonely George comes to Greg's café.
Ranger Sue comes and she and
Greg take George to a refuge for water birds who have forgotten
how to live in the wild.
"Being Kind To George"
is set in a lovely Park in Wiltshire, England. The poignant tale
helps children realize that what may be kindness in fact can
also harm wild critters as they begin to lose the instincts helping
them survive on their own. When wild critters come to depend
on people for food and help they are no longer the free creatures
they were, but are helpless to those who would cause them harm.
Writer Dunningham has produced
an excellent teaching/pleasure reading work covering 41 pages
in "Being Kind To George". Filled with wonderful illustrations
the easily navigated eBook is sure to please the target audience
of early to mid readers. A visit to the author's website will
take readers to color book pages suitable for download, pictures
of George and insight into the writer and her work.
"Being Kind To George"
will fit nicely in the classroom science program as well as free
reading time. This is a good book for evening 'read to me' cuddle
time with the 3-4 set, read with some help for the 6-8 and read
alone for many 8-9s.
This is a book I would use in
my own K-1 classroom, happy to recommend.