Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See
by Sam McBratney, Linda Olafsdottir (Goodreads Author) (Illustrations)
4 out of 5 stars
Mindi insists that she is being harrassed by a big goose which no one else can see. Her parents try to reassure her that there is no goose, but Mindi continues to be afraid. Her father asks for advice from a wise old farmer, who introduces Mindi to a very special goat. Is there a way for Mindi to get rid of that menacing goose once and for all?
The illustrations are beautiful, and I love the soft art style. I think it’s very clever the way the illustrations use shadows to suggest that the imaginary goose is lurking in the background.
Mindi is such a sweet little character, and I loved the absolute trust that she has in her parents. It’s so wonderful to see the way the parents are sensitive to her fears and don’t just dismiss her anxiety or tell her to “toughen up.” They take it seriously and try to help her overcome those fears in a healthy way.
I’m not sure what I think of this book. I loved the first part of the story, but did not like the ending that much. My 3-year-old niece is terrified of “monsters” that she imagines are “coming to get her.” And I thought this book would be so great to show her that there are no monsters. Even though the goose is obviously imaginary, the ending suggests that there is a real goose. I don’t want to send mixed messages to my little niece and make her fears worse!
I think they had a really great idea to teach children about controlling their imaginary fears, but then they tried to be funny or cute at the end, and they ruined it.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.