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I enjoyed the story - it was beautifully written and a pleasure to read. My only concern was that I was researching into "El Juego de Oca" - the Game of Goose - which is a traditional Spanish game dating back several centuries, and the game in this book did not match the traditional game at all. Several of the items that the children encountered were the same, but the layout was quite different and I was bewildered why Ursula Dubosarsky needed to change the game - the story would have held together t¡with the traditional Goose Game, which has one route up to 63 numbers, not 3 threads into 70+ squares. But an excellent read for children who have not been brought up on the original game.
I have used The Game of the Goose a number of times in the primary classroom to engage students in excellent children's literature because it has the capacity to stretch across curriculum and non-curriculum areas of learning. In English, it is a valuable tool in developing students' reading skill set and love of reading by engaging in well written literature. Additionally, other literacy skills can be developed eg. writing etc. In maths it can be used to develop logical thinking by creating a functioning game. Students can work independently or work in pairs or groups to develop group skills. In philosophy and social/emotional learning, it can be used to help students explore life themes of loss and friendship etc In art, students can let their imaginations run wild and develop drawing skills to create the artwork on their game boards.
Classroom uses aside, this book is an engaging read for both the young and not so young - even though I have purchased an electronic copy of The Game of The Goose, i've still kept my hard copy because it's too hard to give up a great book. The themes are appropriate for young independent readers and the characters are very believable.
Dubosarsky takes her readers into the fantastical realm and she's created a totally believable roller-coaster ride!