Synopses & Reviews
"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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.