One dark and windy night Henry finds the strange noise coming from his sandpit is an injured goose. While the bird recovers it becomes Henry’s best friend, and although Henry loves Honk he knows that Honk will need to return to the wild when he is better.
This is a great book for younger readers, the text is simple and flows well and the illustrations are bright and colourful. Henry is a caring boy who wants Honk to stay, but lets him go because he knows it is better for Honk. The illustrations also show Henry’s mum and sister helping to care for the goose, which is a good talking point with younger children. The ending showing Henry and his family happily waving to Honk is a lovely touch as it is not too sad. There is lots of fun for Henry and Honk to have together during the story, where the illustrations really compliment the text well.
This is a lovely story, colourfully illustrated to share with younger readers.
Author: Elizabeth Pulford
Illustrator: Astrid Matijasevich
Publisher: One Tree House
Format: Hardback Picture Book
Publication: April 2021
Age Range: Early Years to Primary (Junior)
Reviewer: Angela Thompson, Teacher Librarian, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
First sentence: One dark and windy night as henry lay in bed, listening to a storm whistling through the trees, he thought he heard a strange sound.
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