Honk, Honk, Goose!

Canada Geese Start a Family

April Pulley Sayre; illustrations by Huy Voun Lee

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Apair of Canada geese is starting a family. The female builds a nest, lays her eggs, and keeps the chicks warm until they’re ready to hatch. Her mate protects their nesting site. Soon they will have six wobbly-legged chicks.

Through the waiting, the hatching, the first stroll, and the first swim, the father goose stands guard over his family, always ready to chase away danger with a loud Honk!


Praise for Honk, Honk, Goose!

Praise for HONK, HONK, GOOSE!
*"This book about two Canada geese that meet, mate, and raise their family has all the immediacy of a plot-based picture book and conveys personality without slipping into anthropomorphism...Lee’s cut-paper collage illustrations fill the pages with color and movement."--School Library Journal, Starred Review
*"A fun read-aloud grounded by great informational back matter, Sayre’s latest is one of the few picture books that give a nod to Father Goose...Lee’s cut-paper-collage illustrations wonderfully complement the text."--Booklist, starred review
"Sayre’s characteristic sound words creatively capture the calls familiar to anyone with geese in their neighborhoods.  The birds’ waddles and flaps are readily recognizable in Lee’s movement-filled cut-paper illustrations."--The Horn Book
"Short sentences, easy vocabulary and onomatopoeia make this ideal for sharing with the youngest listeners, but there is enough story and information to make it a good choice for ornithologically minded emergent readers as well...Lee's cut-paper–collage artwork is filled with texture...
A short bibliographic essay rounds out this terrific introduction"--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for VULTURE VIEW:
A Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book
An ALA Notable Children’s Book
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book
One of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
A CCBC Choice
*“Rarely has a book about these scavengers gotten such a gorgeous treatment.”

Booklist, starred review

“Celebrating the majesty of an underappreciated creature, this volume should attract a wide audience both for its fascinating content and sprightly execution.”

Publishers Weekly

“A welcome resource, particularly for regions in which the soaring of the turkey vultures overhead is a familiar sight.”

School Library Journal

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  • April Pulley Sayre; illustrations by Huy Voun Lee

  • APRIL PULLEY SAYRE is the award-winning author of more than fifty books for young readers. She and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana.

    is the author and illustrator of several books for young readers, including At the Beach; In the Snow; and 1, 2, 3, Go! She lives with her husband in New York City.
  • April Pulley Sayre


Available Formats and Book Details

Honk, Honk, Goose!

Canada Geese Start a Family

April Pulley Sayre; illustrations by Huy Voun Lee

  • Hardcover