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The Goose is Getting Fat by Michael Morpurgo

The Goose is Getting Fat by Michael Morpurgo

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Published by: The Times Arts Desk on Dec 18, 2012
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7In memory of so many wonderful Christmasses together:For Edna, Mac, Seonaid and Stuart,and for all their families since.
Illustrated by
Sophie Allsopp
ertrude was a goose like any other goose. Hatched out in the orchard one drizzly morningin June, she spent those early weeks lookingat the world from the warm sanctuary of hermother’s all-enveloping softness. It might havecome as a surprise to her to know that hermother was not a goose.
Of course Gertrude was convinced she was, and thatwas all that mattered; but in reality her mother was arather ragged speckled hen. She was, however, the mostpugnacious, the most jealous and possessive hen on thefarm, and that was why Charlie’s father had shut her upinside a coop with a vast goose egg and kept her there untilsomething happened. Each day she had been lifted off and the egg sprinkled with water to soften the shell. Thesummer had been dry that year, and all the early clutchesof goose eggs had failed. This was very probably the lastchance they had of rearing a goose for Christmas.There had always been a goose for Christmas Day,Charlie’s father said – a goose reared on their own cornand in their own orchard. So he had picked out thenastiest, broodiest hen in the yard to guard the egg and torear his Christmas goose, and Charlie had sprinkled theegg each day.

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