Pearl’s Lost Pearls

HarperCollins/Clarion. (Gossie & Friends). Jun. 2024. 32p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780547867588.
PreS-Gr 1–In the “Gossie & Friends” books for toddlers and preschoolers, another tale of Pearl. This black gosling, who lost her voice in the first book, loves wearing a strand of pearls. She wears them everywhere. Once again, children are treated to seven spreads of Pearl’s love—here, the pearls—which then do not survive a dive in the pond. What follows is a few more pages of her devastation before she is aided by others. There is a little cadence to the language, and truly lyrical scenes of country life; Pearl is as industrious as can be, and children will love following her around. It's just that a very dear little gosling has found herself in a flat-footed plot.
VERDICT For the very young with long attention spans, this may be a “first mystery.” But Pearl’s habit—to get into scrapes and be rescued by others—is not one every child will adopt.

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