Thursday, June 23, 2011

Flightless Goose Virtual Book Tour ~ June 23 stop~

Here we are today with Eric D. Goodman.  Eric is author of the children's book Flightless Goose.  Today you can drop by and ask Eric a question or two.  I was lucky enough to have a few answered , and can not wait to share them with you.
Question & Answer with Eric D. Goodman

How did you get interested in writing a children's book? 

I've been writing since I was in grade school, so I've been interested in writing stories and books for as long as I can remember.  Most of the time, I write grown up fiction.  And at one point I thought Flightless Goose might be a chapter book for young children.  But it seemed to lend itself to the picture-book format. 

How long did it take you from start to finish?

It was a long process.  The original story only took a month or so to finish.  But then, when the illustrations were being done, I tinkered with the story and rewrote it over and over.  So it took a few years to go from idea to finished manuscript. And another five years after that to find a publisher and see the book in libraries and bookstores!

What is the best thing about being an author?

The best thing about being an author is being able to share stories with readers -- coming up with an idea or feeling and making it possible for others to experience it through your story. Being able to create new worlds and situations and characters, and to be the master of that universe is kind of cool, too.
 
Are you working on any new material?

I've always got an iron or two in the fire.  My new novel in stories, Tracks, is coming out on June 30.  It's a collection of linked stories that connect to form a novel.  It takes place on a train and each story is that of a passenger on the train -- but the characters show up in each others' stories, so the strangers on the train get to know one another and touch one another in meaningful ways.  You can learn more about Tracks at www.TracksNovel.com, where I have radio readings, excerpts, and a schedule of upcoming events.
I'm also working on another childrens' book, and a possible Flightless Goose sequel.

Do  you have a favorite children's book  author or book?

I've always loved the books of Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Shel Silverstein, and Maurice Sendak.  Green Eggs & Ham, Yertle the Turtle, The Giving Tree, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are classics.

What is one question you wanted to be asked in this interview?

What would you like children to take away from Flightless Goose?

First and foremost, Flightless Goose is a story, so I'd like the children to enjoy it and have fun with the story.  But there are a lot of lessons packed into the book that I hope seep in.  Everyone is different; children should accept those who are different, should be kind and compassionate to one another, and should never tease or bully others for any reason.  And if you are teased, or are faced with a challenge, look at the positive and move forward.  Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. No matter what your situation, you matter
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Thanks for answering my questions Eric, and thank you for this great children's book.  We really enjoy the beautiful story and illustrations here at the Whitehead's Zoo.  I look forward to checking out your new novel Tracks.

I recently had the opportunity to review Flightless Goose by Eric D Goodman and Illustrated by Nataliya Goodman.

The thing that I noticed first when the book arrived was the great illustrations.  I really liked each page, and so did C. 



We also, received the audio CD and C really enjoyed listening to the story and flipping through the pages. 

The story is about a goose named Gilbert who one day is injured and can  no longer fly .  All of the other geese tease and pick on Gilbert because he is different.  When they fly South for the winter Gilbert must stay behind, because he can not fly.  He uses this time to make himself faster and stronger.  He runs and runs.  Then one day the geese return to the pond, and find themselves in trouble.  Gilbert ends up saving the day .

 This book has many lessons for little ones to learn.  Tolerance, Self Worth and Friendship to name a few.  Very important lessons to learn today in a society where bullying is such an issue.  I think this book would be an excellent addition to any classroom or home library.  I see the potential for so many open ended discussions and so much learning. 

What I  LIKED about the book:

The illustrations
That it is based on a real goose
That it teaches tolerance
Teaches Friendship
Teaches Self Worth
Teaches Determination

You can find out more about the Flightless Goose  at
http://www.flightlessgoose.com/  .  The new Flightless Goose website where you can find activities, Gilbert's story and questions about the story.  You are also able to purchase the book here. 

Stop by and visit the Flightless Goose Facebook page  to find information about bullying, Gilbert's pen pal program, school visits photos and more.

I am super excited to tell you TWO  of my wonderful readers will get WIN their very own copy of Flightless Goose.  So, be on the look out I will post the giveaway soon!