The geese march in step

by Dumont, Jean-Francois, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Dormont Public Library Animals ANIMALS DUMO
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Animals
Hampton Community Library Juvenile Picture Book BIRDS JPIC DUMONT
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea DUMONT Jean-Francois
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea DUMONT Jean-Francois
Pleasant Hills Public Library Picture Book Juv Pict Dum
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  Juv Pict Dum
Every morning at the farm, all the geese line up in a perfectly straight line and parade down to the pond. Igor, their leader, makes sure that they all march in perfect time. But no matter what shetries, little Zita just can't seem to keep the same beat as everyone else. Finally, Igor makes Zita march to the pond all by herself.

She isn't alone for long, though! Soon all the other animals on the farm join in with the little goose's own special rhythm. With Zita to lead the way, the parade down to the pond is a good deal more joyful.

Great fun to read aloud, this hilarious book has a wonderful message about the importance of creativity, imagination, and individuality.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A stodgy goose finds his daily routine disrupted by a youngster marching to her own beat. Every morning, Igor leads the farm's geese to the pond, keeping the flock firmly in check with rigid orders. When young Zita creates an offending extra tap in the marchers' rhythm, Igor bans her from the group. As Zita wanders around the farm lamenting her expulsion, the surrounding animals find themselves drawn into her unintentional but infectious rhythms. Soon the entire barnyard is following her, creating a glorious symphony of noise. Individuality and self-acceptance are strong themes in this celebration of unique talents. Dumont has created a dynamic story that is wonderful for reading out loud; readers of all ages will delight in creating the cacophony of noises interspersed in the narrative. The muted palette mirrors the story arc, brightening almost imperceptibly until it becomes a riot of color and action in the climactic scene. A great choice for children who feel like they don't fit in with their peers.--Hayes, Summer Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Zita the goose mopes after Igor, the leader of the goose parade, kicks her out of the lineup. "Why am I not like the other geese? One, two; one, two. They're always so obedient and so focused!" Zita makes a rhythm of her own as she trails around, sniffling, and attracts the attention of a woodpecker, whose typographically accentuated drumming punctuates Zita's steps: "Splash sniff splash knock." The noises made by Zita and the noises added by the other animals are written in parallel, like bars of music, with each new voice stacked on top of the ones already in progress. A rooster chimes in, a donkey and a cow join up, and pretty soon everybody joins Zita's parade down to the pond. While Dumont (The Chickens Build a Wall) paints the barnyard animals for laughs, with oversized schnozzes and tubby bodies, his landscapes show painterly attention to detail, as trees, clouds, and fields are stroked in tawny golds and lilacs. Brave readers-aloud could even attempt to coordinate performances of the symphony of animal noises as written-if they're prepared for the cacophony. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Individuality -- Juvenile fiction.
Rhythm -- Juvenile fiction.
Geese -- Juvenile fiction.
Domestic animals -- Juvenile fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Rhythm -- Fiction.
Geese -- Fiction.
Domestic animals -- Fiction.
Publisher Grand Rapids, Michigan :2014
Other Titles Petite oie qui ne voulait pas marcher au pas.
Language English
Notes Originally published in French in 2007 by Flammarion under title: La petite oie qui ne voulait pas marcher au pas.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
ISBN 9780802854438 (hbk.)
0802854435 (hbk.)
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