Rosie is Louie's goose. Rosie goes everywhere with him. To the beach and out for ice cream -- wherever Louie goes, Rosie goes, too. But a much-loved goose won't stay new forever. Fortunately, Mom and Dad help to keep Rosie in good shape. One day Rosie gets caught in a wave and swept out to sea. Eventually she washes ashore a bit worse for wear, and even Mom and Dad fear that she will never be the same goose again. But Louie surprises even himself when he finds a way to help his special friend.
Some children keep a special blanket with them to help them feel safe while away from home. When Louie spends summers at the beach, he always brings along Rosie the goose. Whenever Rosie needs sprucing up--like the time her bill came off--Louie's mother is always able to help. But when a big wave gives Louie's goose a good soaking, even Mom can't fix Rosie. Luckily, Mother Nature's healing powers help Louie's goose recover her good looks. Lovely, full-page watercolor illustrations help bring this simple yet delightful story to life. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 6 to 8, $15.00. Reviewer: Christopher MoningChildren's Literature