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- Juvenile Nonfiction, Animals
- Juvenile Nonfiction, Animals, Ducks, Geese, Etc.
- Juvenile Nonfiction, Animals, Birds
Canadian Goose, Trent River, Unconventional family, Friendship, Canada, Wildlife, Adventure
Huey The Lost Canadian Goose
Adventures on the Trent River
Debbie MacDonald Taylor
Huey the lost Canadian Goose lives on Myers Island, just south of Campbellford, Ontario, along with Lily, Milly, Ena, Rhonda, and lots of their friends. Their story takes place along the Trent Severn waterway, a water body that is made up of 386 kilometres of interconnected lakes and rivers that stretches through central Ontario. The waterway is home to all types of birds and wildlife, including loons, otters, mink, squirrels, chipmunks, ducks, turtles, beaver, deer, coyotes, and—of course—geese.
One very rainy spring day in 2017, the waterway was particularly high. This story is about a goose who ventured out with his family on that day, and got lost. Huey ended up on the shore, where he found a new family and a new home. This family and home ended up being very different from what he expected, but he was loved and felt protected there.
With this experience, Huey learns that it’s OK to be different, and that different can actually be pretty special.
Debbie MacDonald Taylor lives on Myers Island on the Trent River with her dogs—a Yorkie named Milly, a white Maltese named Lily—and her husband, John. She was motivated to write about nature by her father, Donald MacDonald, a man who loved to tell stories.
Donald would entertain the family around the camp fire at the family cottage on the south side of Rice Lake throughout Debbie’s childhood. His stories were often about wildlife. He always named the animals, birds, fish, and even the frogs on the property. Fred and Mary the ducks came every year to show off their new ducklings to the family. Gus was the muskie that no one could catch. And the squirrel Fred had to be renamed Frederica when she presented the family with her babies. What fun!
It is her fond memory of those stories by her father that inspired Debbie to write her tale about Huey.
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