Reverend Mary Ellen Lucas is an Interfaith / Interspiritual minister living in Ohio by a small lake where geese abound. Her grandchildren, Matthew and Madeline, fill her heart with joy and hope for a future where mutual respect and peace knows no bounds.
A bird’s-eye view above Little Puddle Pond allows a peek into Nellie and Willie’s world. There they can be found on opposite ends of the pond as far apart from each other as possible. Nellie and Willie spend each day on guard to protect their territory and do not hesitate to ruffle each other’s feathers. One day, Nellie and Willie must make a decision. Their friend, Bruce the Goose, is in a sticky situation and needs help. Can Nellie and Willie set aside their differences to help Bruce the Goose? What ensues is a brilliant rescue plan which leads to a startling realization as Nellie and Willie come to recognize they are more alike than they knew. Thus, begins a friendship between Nellie and Willie and how they learn to share Little Puddle Pond.
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“This is a wonderful story about two geese, Nellie and Willie, who do not get along be-cause “it has always been this way.”
As the plot develops, the reader gently comes to the conclusion that even though Nellie and Willie are different in some ways, they really are very much alike.
Questions at the end of many chapters encourage children to use the effective reading skill of making predictions. The author uses vivid imagery and alliterative language to engage readers.
This is an enjoyable book for parents and teachers to read to children to teach about diversity. I strongly recommend it.”
– A 5 Star review from Lori Janusko
“A whimsical and fun to read story with an important message.
Buy this book! My family and I fell in love with the silly geese of Little Puddle Pond and their goosy notions. This is a beautifully illustrated and well written story. It’s a great read for both children and adults alike because let’s face it…in today’s world we could all use a gentle reminder of the importance of love and acceptance” – A 5 Star review from Catherine W.