The Adventures of Jeremy Goose
by Sylvaine Sancton
Among the moss-draped oaks of New Orleans’s Audubon Park lives young Jeremy Goose. After he hatches from an egg, he learns to walk, eat grass, swim, cross the road, and get along with other animals, all under the watchful eyes of his Mom and Dad. On the banks of the park’s lagoon, Jeremy and his family live with their neighbors, including a squirrel, a snake, and a bad-mannered nutria. Jeremy is a thoughtful and sensitive little goose who sometimes gets into trouble but always feels the love of his family. Through Jeremy’s voice, young readers learn about family, responsibility, having fun, and growing up.
About the Author
French-born artist Sylvaine Sancton studied painting, sculpture, and mosaics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her works have been featured in U.S. and European galleries and are included in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Tulane University, the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, and the Historic New Orleans Collection. The author of a previous children’s book, Some Birds (Pelican 2013), she was named a Chevalier (Knight) in the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2017.
Praise for The Adventures of Jeremy Goose:
“Sylvaine Sancton’s new book is a wonderfully tender story about real life and nature in New Orleans’s Audubon Park. Masterfully photographed, Jeremy Goose works and reads well! A great addition to any child’s library.”—David Spielman, photographer
“Sylvaine Sancton shares her passion for the birds of Audubon Park in this coming of age adventure story about a kind little goose named Jeremy.”—Johnette Downing, author and musician
"This is a charming and engaging story for young first-time readers, highlighted by Ms. Sancton's clear illustrative photos of the early stages of a goose's life. It touches on some of early themes of childhood like obeying parents, the uncontrollable aspects of existence, and hidden dangers. A lively upbeat ending reinforces the positivity and love of the family unit, and for those who are reading for children, opens the door for many questions about the nature of existence and the bonds of family."—Owen Murphy, photographer