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- DescriptionWho could believe that Canada geese can be potty trained? Or that a crippled gander could persuade a goose to give up flying to be his mate? Gerry Kruger chronicles the true adventures of Charlie, a flightless Canada goose that arrived on her pond in 2000. Charlie's courageous battle for survival despite his disability is inspirational to those with disabilities and will appeal to animal and nature lovers of all ages. Gerry read her essays about Charlie on National Public Radio, and they became a favorite among listeners in Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding counties. Below are excerpts from two listeners: I listen to WVTF every day as I drive to and from Charlottesville from my home in Fishersville, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the essays on Charlie....But somewhere in Charlie's story there is encouragement for children that may have some sort of physical handicap, as my granddaughter has. I write with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I realize just how connected I have become to this lame goose some 100 miles away....I have been following the enchanting, sensitive, and compelling stories about Charlie for years.... Her writing has reminded me to pause, take a deep breath, look out my windows, and embrace the nature that surrounds me.
- Author BiographyGerry Kruger resides in Albemarle County just west of Charlottesville, Virginia. On Kruger Pond: CHARLIE'S STORY is her first book. Shortly after her husband Fred's death in 2002, she started writing the stories of the geese that had visited their pond. In 2000 Charlie, a fightless, broken-winged Canada goose, had showed up and captured their hearts. She says, Fred always wanted me to write about the geese and especially about Charlie. Kruger taught English for 39 years in Virginia'a public schools. During that time she taught many students, who, for one reason or another, had been unsuccessful in school. Like Charlie, they needed special attention in order to become confident enough to survive in a world that is not always kind to those with handicaps. Gerry continues to write about the geese on Kruger Pond and hopes to publish a sequel to Charlie's story.
- Author(s)Gerry Kruger
- Date of Publication21/02/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectNatural History: Animal & Wildlife
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight95 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine2 mm
- Edited byGinny Kanter
- Illustrator(s)Janice Hawkins
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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