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Agatha's Feather Bed: Not Just Another Wild Goose Story Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Deedy, Carmen Agra, Seeley, Laura L. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1561450960     ISBN-13: 9781561450961
Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 1994
Annotation: Professional storyteller Carmen Deedy spins a riotous morality tale in Agatha's Feather Bed. Agatha, a weaver, orders a new feather bed from B.B. Lean, then six shivering, naked geese pay her a visit . . . but, as it turns out, her goose isn't cooked. 20 full-color illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Geese; Fiction.
Conservation of natural resources; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 90028257
Lexile Measure: 410
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.25" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 19963
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q28125
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Agatha loves her new feather bed, but when six shivering, naked geese pay her a visit to discuss the origin of the her goose cooked? In a delightful, O. Henry-inspired ending, Agatha arrives at a solution that benefits all, teaching readers to respect the delicate balance between our resources and responsibilities.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1991 July #3)
Agatha, a sagacious old lady, sells her woven wares and imparts knowledge to all, ``especially children: Everything comes from something, / Nothing comes from nothing .'' This maxim reaches ``six naked geese,'' who are chilly and demand the return of their feathers from Agatha's feather bed. Though ``a little down in the mouth,'' Agatha promises a solution in three days. (The geese, meanwhile, register at the ``Down Town Motel'' where they ``took a gander in the mirror.'') Agatha's solution is inspired, as is Deedy's playful yarn. From its simple beginning--``Do you see that little shop sandwiched between two skyscrapers?''--to its intriguing conclusion--``Where do goose eggs come from, anyway?''--this finely crafted collaboration abounds with information and whimsy. It also teems with puns and word play, much of which may be of greater appeal to grownups than to the book's intended audience. Seeley's atmospheric illustrations are bathed in lavender, giving them a properly old-fashioned tone. Stylized patchwork borders contain examples of Agatha's truism--a flax plant stands by a bolt of linen, a stalk of wheat by a loaf of bread. A ducky book. Ages 4-10. (June) Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1991 September)
K-Gr 2-- An old woman named Agatha owns a shop in which she ``spins yarn and weaves cloth which she sells.'' One day a boy comes in with his mother and Agatha explains the origin of such things as silk, cotton, wool, etc. However, the main story does not begin until Agatha goes home that evening and is visited by six naked geese who are looking for their feathers--the feathers that are in her new feather bed. Agatha sends the geese away, telling them to return in three days. Although written with the intent of teaching young children that ``everything comes from something,'' this message-laden picture book takes on too many ideas and ends up being overwhelming. Deedy also tries to incorporate puns into the text that appear one after another and often seem forced and out of context. Seeley's illustrations are the book's only redeeming quality. Drawn realistically in colored pencil using a variety of soft dark colors, each one is surrounded by a simple colorful border. However, the pictures in those borders often contain elements that are irrelevant to the the plot. All in all, this is unsuccessful as fiction and as nonfiction. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.