HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Good News
Author: Barbara Brenner
Illustrator: Kate Duke
Publisher: Gareth Stevens, republished in 1999
ISBN-13: 978-0836817751 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0836817753 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0553352092 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0553352091 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brenner, Barbara. Good News (published in 1991 by Bantam Books for Young Readers). Did you ever play the old parlor game of “Gossip” where everyone lines up and someone whispers something quickly into the ear of someone else, who then quickly whispers it into the next person’s ear, and see how the message mutates from person to person? In this Bank Street Ready-to-Read Level 1 easy reader, Canada Goose has just laid four new eggs, and she wants to spread the news. But as the message goes around the pond from animal to animal, including wood ducks and muskrats, the facts become distorted, and they become eight “monster” eggs. This story well illustrates how something can become exaggerated as it’s passed along. Both repetitions and minor variations serve the needs of the beginning reader and add to the humor as well.