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The Swoose - 9658

The Swoose - 9658

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Product Description Fitzherbert, the son of a goose and a swan, gets tired of being teased for being a swoose and leaves the farm, ending up in Windsor Castle, where he becomes a favorite of the recently widowed Queen Victoria. From School Library Journal Grade 3-5?In this spin-off on the Ugly Duckling theme, a swoose (the love-child of a swan and a goose) becomes Queen Victoria's favorite pet. Although the queen may never have said "We are not amused," as she often does in this story, she certainly was a bit cranky after her husband Albert died, and here it is Fitzherbert, the swoose, who finally succeeds in making her happier. Many American children will lack the background to appreciate the temperamental monarch, her transformation, or the courtly swoose, but they will enjoy Fitzherbert's plucky individualism and King-Smith's wordplay. Some of the vocabulary and a passage involving a French chef with a thick accent may be a bit daunting for beginning or reluctant readers, but add nicely to a read-aloud. The occasional feathery pen-and-ink illustrations seem a bit anemic, but such simplicity supports without overwhelming the text. King-Smith's fans will enjoy this new offering with its charm and chuckles.?Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
ASIN: 156282659X
VSKU: 56JPTJ000V4V_ns
Condition: Good
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