the canada goose and you


What do Canadian Geese do in the Spring? What do they do in the Summer? Fall and Winter? Each page ends with “And what would a goose say to that? HONK!” (Or some variation). Learn about the ecology of the Canadian Goose, a bird common to MANY parts of North America.

Educational Themes:

Although this is about the Canada Goose, there is still plenty to learn about birds in general.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
Read with boys ages 3 and 5.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. We loved this book, but I would recommend it in a library of other wildlife books. If I only had 1 wildlife book in my home library, I’d probably select a book with many different animals portrayed. Otherwise, a fantastic and fun book!
Little Kid Reaction

My kids LOVED this book. They loved saying, quite loudly, “HONK!” like a Canadian Goose. Actually, with the turn of each page, they started with the “HONK!”, and at the end (where the words actually were) they repeated the “HONK!” They had SOOOOO much fun!

Parent Reaction

I liked this book for many reasons. It covers the biology of birds (mating, hatching and raising chicks, how big the geese are, where they live, etc.). Canadian geese are very common and we see them everywhere, so the kids can point them out. It relates the geese to the size of children (there’s a picture of a goose standing next to a 3-year old, so it’s put in a context kids can relate to!). Most of all, it talks about mother geese loving their goslings. Guess how a mother goose says “I love you!” Yup, she says “HONK!” (Can you tell that’s my favorite part – the 3 of us together shriek out in HONKs as a way of saying to each other “I love you!” It’s a great feeling, pretending to be a goose!)


This is tons of fun. Real pictures of geese, combined with text presented in a way that kids can relate to, makes it easy to make it fun for younger kids.


Some of the text was too lengthy and detailed for my 3 year old, so I had to paraphrase when he was listening. BUT, he’ll grow into it.

Title The Canada Goose And You
Author Jennifer S. Burrows
Publisher E & E Publishing © 2009
Illustrators Margery Day
ISBN 9780979160691
Material Paperback
Cost $15.95
Genres Picture Book, Nature, Animals (Nonfiction)
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