Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Linda Olafsdottir just tugs at my social emotional learning heart. Mindi's parents are concerned when they hear she sees a big goose because they don't see the big goose. They try to help her and realize they need to seek out help. Mindi's dad decided to visit Austen a wise old man in the village who offers sensible advice. It's a bit of a journey on foot and Mindi's dad meets a black and white goat that will eat an apricot spitting out the pit. Austen listens intensively and asks for Mindi to come and visit him. Mindi comes and meets several animals on Austen's farm. She meets the black and white goat and learns if the goat spits out the pit from an apricot it likes you. Mindi is very comfortable with all the farm animals, especially the little black and white goat. Mindi returns home with her dad still apprehensive about the big goose. Austen visits a couple of weeks later and brings the black and white goat friend gifting it to Mindi in exchange for a big goose. The ending has a surprise twist and even left me wondering about this big goose.
A huge shoutout to Candlewick Press for sending along this Advanced Reader Copy.