Monday, January 5, 2015

Inspired by a real-life event, heartwarming tale remembers the life of a duck named Goose

Award-winning picture book helps children connect with animals, nature, and the inevitable changes life brings
One of the most delightful experiences a child can have is falling in love with a pet. By extension, one of the most poignant experiences a child can have is losing that pet and experiencing the growth and pain that change often brings.

In "A Duck Named Goose"/"Un Pato Llamado Ganso," her highly acclaimed children’s picture book available in both English and Spanish, author Amber Nieves tells the story of a real-life duck named Goose who makes a deep connection with a young boy on his family’s farm before Goose must go away.

The farm in this true story belongs to Nieves, and it was her son who wanted a baby duck. One spring, he got one. He named the fuzzy baby Goose and raised him with four new baby chicks. This beautiful and unique duck, says Nieves, became part of the family.

Then, one day, Goose was gone. The entire family was heartbroken. His absence created a hole so big, Nieves says, that she decided to write a book for her son as a way to remember their duck always.

She comments, "I wrote ‘A Duck Named Goose’ and it's Spanish version, ‘Un Pato Llamado Ganso,’ to further children’s connection to the world in all its rich variety."

She adds, "My goal is to inspire adults and children to read together regularly by crafting stories that will be enjoyed by all ages."

For her efforts, "A Duck Named Goose"/"Un Pato Llamado Ganso" received the 2014 Gold Medal in the Language/Cultural category from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award, Honorable Mention, for Best Children's Picture Book ages 6 & up and Best Illustrations.

"My kids (ages five and four) love snuggling with me to read this book. The rhyming story is catchy and fun to listen to. The artistry in the illustrations is so engaging that my kiddos love looking for more details every time I turn the page. This book is something we tend to include in most of our birthday presents because it is such a fun read." ~ Review by Anna B.

AUTHOR: Amber Nieves, aka Mama Picky Pants and a University of Montana Alumna, is a story crafter, escritora, publisher, and mom. She believes all children deserve quality reading time and access to diverse books regardless of background. Her passion and enthusiasm are driven by her desire to create real stories that awaken the imagination and deliver happiness and meaning in a heartfelt message. Her publishing company, Mama Picky Pants, publishes diverse books that strive to bring parents, educators, and children together at story time to learn about friendship, growing up, and the world in its true rich variety while giving back to local children. To that end, the company proudly donates 20% of book proceeds to local children's programs and supports Washington County Foster Kids and The Children’s Book Bank.

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A Duck Named Goose (English version) and Un Pato Llamado Ganso (Spanish version) by Amber Nieves; Category: Children’s Picture Book; Soft Cover - English: 978-0991285907, $9.99, eBook, $7.99; Soft Cover - Spanish: 978-0991285914, $9.99; eBook: $7.99; Availability: Amazon.com, Mamapickypants.com

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