Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Flightless Goose to Soar Into Print Soon

The Flightless Goose is a children’s story written by Eric D. Goodman and illustrated by Nataliya A. Goodman.

The vivid writing in The Flightless Goose is sure to captivate the young and the young-at-heart, and it is beautifully illustrated by full-color watercolor paintings.

Stop back by this website -- our online pond -- to check the status of The Flightless Goose.

In the meantime, read the posts below for more details about The Flightless Goose, its author, its illustrator, and even the real goose who inspired the tale.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Goose Author Gives Thanks (With Deborah Norville)

Johnny, a friend of the flightless goose, shows Gilbert that it is important to think about the things you are thankful for than the things that you wish you could change.

Gilbert could not fly. But rather than focus on that, he decided to look at the things in his life that he was grateful for.

A new book says that when you write down the things you are thankful for, it can help you.

Eric D. Goodman, the author of The Flightless Goose, recently talked with Deborah Norville, who is a famous television anchor for the show Inside Edition, and the author of a new book called Thank You Power.

Eric interviewed Deborah about her book, and about the power of being grateful. You can read about it in last week’s issue of Writers Weekly — the most widely read electronic magazine for freelance writers in the world.

The article is called “Give Thanks for Your Writing.” Read it at the link below and learn how being thankful can help you.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Teaching an Important Lesson

The Goose Who Could Not Fly uses an original story to teach an important lesson. The author and artist have both worked with people who have disabilities in the past, so they understand how to tastefully teach tolerance.

Without calling attention to the fact that some of the characters have disabilities — never even mentioning it in the text — the book teaches without preaching; shows without telling.

The Goose Who Could Not Fly shows that people (and geese) with disabilities are just like everyone else.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

About the Goose

Gilbert, the flightless goose, is based on a real goose who lived on a lake in Columbus, Ohio. The goose was like all the other geese in the pond, until it was in a terrible accident. After being hit by a car, the goose had to adapt to life on the ground. He was unable to fly, but he was able to adjust to his situation and live a good life.

Eric and Nataliya Goodman lived on that pond and watched from their window as the goose struggled and prevailed. When the goose was left behind by the other geese during the winter, they fed it. Other neighbors took care of it as well.

For all we know, the flightless goose may still be alive today.

Monday, August 13, 2007

About the Goodman Family

Eric and Nataliya Goodman have been married for twelve years and have two children — a son and a daughter. They have lived all over the world — from California to Virginia Beach in America, and from Nizhniy Novgorod to Siberia in Russia. Now, they live in Baltimore, Maryland, which is very close to Washington D.C., the nation’s capitol.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

About the Artist

Artist Nataliya A. Goodman teaches high school math and science, but she has always loved art. In fact, she received advanced degrees in both physics and artistic design.

She began drawing and painting when she was six years old. Her framed artwork hangs on walls in Russia and America.

She decided to use watercolors to paint the pictures for The Goose Who Could Not Fly. She lived in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia before moving to the United States, where she has lived for more than a decade.

Nataliya Goodman enjoys reading to children and she looks forward to reading The Goose Who Could Not Fly to children everywhere -- including her own children.

Friday, August 10, 2007

About the Author

Author Eric D. Goodman has been a writer ever since he was hooked by a third grade writing assignment more than 25 years ago. He loves to write and hasn’t been able to stop writing since then.

His stories have been published in literary journals, magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and on the Internet.

He believes good stories should be read out loud, and he has read his stories on the radio, in theaters, at libraries, and at book festivals. He hopes to read The Goose Who Could Not Fly to audiences soon.

You can learn more about Eric and his writing by visiting his weblog for readers and writers.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

About the Storybook

Gilbert is very much like the other geese of his pond. He enjoys swimming, running, playing and flying with his friends. He eats the grass at the lake's edge and enjoys the bread crumbs from the children in the surrounding homes — and especially enjoys visiting with a young boy named Johnny.

One day, Gilbert is in a bad accident. He is hit by a car. Dr. Fowler tells him he can no longer fly. His friends are very kind and helpful to him at first. But in time, they begin playing tricks on him and calling him names, like “Gilbert, the flightless goose.”

Johnny tells Gilbert that the other geese will realize one day that Gilbert is every bit as good as they are, even if he can’t fly.

Gilbert must learn to adapt to his new life. He does more to adapt. Gilbert’s condition ends up saving the community of geese from and making him a hero.

The vivid writing in The Goose Who Could Not Fly is sure to captivate the young and the young-at-heart, and it is beautifully illustrated by watercolor paintings.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Goose Who Could Not Fly

Eric and Nataliya Goodman worked together to bring you this delightful storybook -- The Goose Who Could Not Fly.

It’s perfect for children and for the adults who love to read to them.

The Goose Who Could Not Fly is the story of Gilbert, the goose, and his unique experiences. Gilbert enjoys the usual pleasures of pond life until a terrible accident changes his life forever.

The Goose Who Could Not Fly is charmingly told by author Eric D. Goodman and beautifully illustrated by artist Nataliya A. Goodman.

Would you like to own a copy? Stay tuned to the online pond and be the first to know all about The Goose Who Could Not Fly.