Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 12
- Grade: 2 to 7
Follow the Goose Butt is an early chapter book designed to appeal to grade 2 and up. Camelia Airheart is a loveable Canada Goose with a faulty GPS or Goose Positioning System. She also has trouble paying attention and quickly gets separated from her flock. When she gets lost, she starts on a journey around New Brunswick that will take her to meet a humpback whale in the Bay of Fundy, a herring gull on Grand Manan, a sandpiper/sanderling flock at the Hopewell Rocks, a lobster on the Acadian Pennisula, a moose and a chickadee on Mount Carleton, a deer near the Hartland Covered Bridge, and a beaver near Mactaquac. The language is rich; the situations are comical; and the illustrations are enchanting. The book has been well received by the target age group and the writers are already planning a prequel picture book where Camelia gets banded in the Tantramar Wetlands Centre and a sequel chapter book where Camelia gets lost all over Nova Scotia. Readers can also download an mp3 of the Branta Bog featured in the story if they visit www.chocolateriver.ca
About the authors
Odette Barr (author/illustrator), Colleen Landry (author) and Beth Weatherbee (author) are teachers in New Brunswick's Anglophone School District-East.
Odette has illustrated a number of nature-themed guidebooks for Fundy National Park. Her passion and inspiration for her writing and art comes from her love of nature and the environment. She worked for many years as an interpretive naturalist for Environment Canada before turning to teaching in the traditional indoor classroom. Odette spent 10 years teaching Inuit students in Nunavut.
Colleen Landry is a humour writer whose articles have appeared in Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail and The Irish Times. She is also one of the co-authors of Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! and Take off to Tantramar. Her humour blog One Hot-Flashin' Mama focuses on menopause and family life in the Maritimes. Colleen lives in Moncton, NB.
Beth Weatherbee teaches music and English language arts at Port Elgin Regional School. She has a broad background in performing and volunteered for many years with Showcase Productions in her hometown of Amherst, NS. She is one of the co-authors of the Camelia Airheart books which include Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! and Take off to Tantramar. She also composed and recorded the Branta Bog Ballad for the Camelia Airheart books. Beth lives in beautiful Baie Verte, NB.