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Edward the Goose is adopted by Canadian Geese

Local Author Tells Tale of Lonely Goose in Wine Country in Latest Book

Nov 27, 2018


The journey of an ugly duckling seeking acceptance has been a favorite children's tale for decades. But now Sonoma County parents will have a local option: the story of a lonesome goose loose seeking a family in Wine Country.

Francie Aguilera's "Edward the White Goose: A Story Adoption," follows Edward, an orphaned goose, on his journey to fit in with California geese after his parents die.

The illustrations - done by Katia Goa - feature wine country scenes that will be familiar to Sonoma County parents and children alike.

The book, published by Lollipop Books in San Francisco, was a finalist in the the Children's Mind, Body and Spirit category at this year'sAmerican Book Fest. The tale is intended for children in Pre-K through 2nd Grade.

The book, Aguilera's first children's book, manages to deal with serious issues, including "loss of family, adoption and self-identity without being heavy handed," according to a review by Michael Powell, Library Director at the Sonoma County Office of Education.

"This brief story charts Edwards’ desire to break free from an adoptive family and search for identity with other geese with the same color feathers as his. Edward finds that looks can be deceiving and new friendships can be shallow," Powell writes.

"[Edward] becomes the “prodigal” goose who returns home where he knows he will be accepted. In today's world of family hardship and transition, Edward will soar in the minds of readers and listeners," Powell continues. 

More information about the book and its author can be found at


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