Wheezer the Wire-Loose Goose Children's Fiction - Bedtime Story for Young Children, Young Readers Chapter Book
Wheezer the Wire-Loose Gooseis an orphan and a bully, who is hated by his flock. Wheezer’s egg was found on the shore and rolled into the almost full nest of a resentful mother goose. When Wheezer hatched, she pushed him out into the world. She had her own babies to care for.
Wheezer is rejected by the flock as a no good foundling. He retaliates by doing outrageous things that hurt and scare the flock. Seeing them react to his torment makes Wheezer feel powerful.
Children will identify with Wheezer’s search for self-worth, and rejoice with him as he finds it. His courage and ultimate reward have special meaning for stragglers, strugglers, and non-conformists.
Although written as a bedtime story or chapter book, Wheezer the Wire-Loose Gooseappeals to all ages. Its positive philosophy is easily understood and, when practiced, promises life-changing results.
Jane says: I wrote this story 25 years ago for my adopted children who struggled with feelings of rejection. They knew how much I loved them. I reassured them that their birth parents also loved them, but couldn't take care of them and wanted the best for them. All that love could not erase the unspoken worry that they were somehow unworthy.
I was told by a doctor that a child I wanted to adopt had severe behavior problems. The doctor advised me not to adopt this child because he had “wires loose in his brain” and would be violent his whole life. A hearing test soon showed that this child was deaf. His bad behavior had been a result of frustration at his inability to communicate. Another of my children was seriously injured by a bully when he was a teenager. He sought solace in a group of troublemakers and ended up on the wrong side of the law.
When pondering the question, "Where did my children come from?", I heard these words: "They were thoughts in the mind of God … and God’s thoughts are always GOOD." I wondered how many other “problem" children had been mistreated, misdiagnosed or misunderstood. As I meditated on the subject, Wheezer the Wire-Loose Goose appeared. Wheezer introduced himself, his flock and friends to me while I transcribed his story.
You Can't Keep It In Children's Fiction Parents Read Aloud Story for Young Children, Young Readers Chapter Book
How do we broach the subject of death without frightening our children? You Can’t Keep it In is written from a child’s perspective as she interacts with her adoring grandmother.
Nana is a belching, dancing eccentric who expresses sublime wisdom in ways children understand. Nana answers their questions while offering enlightenment and comfort. Children admire her honesty. The story includes words having to do with death (funeral, cemetery, etc.) that are unfamiliar to many children. You Can’t Keep it In assures them that one’s spirit cannot be contained. Love is eternal.
Jane says: I had an inordinate fear of death as a child—not my own, but the people I loved who protected me—my parents, grandparents, etc. This fear began at age 9 when a friend was killed while riding his bicycle. Seeing him in a casket at the funeral home was traumatic. I did not go to school for weeks, afraid that my parents would die while I was gone. This fear dissipated in time, but I remember feeling insignificant in the face of death. I did not know how to describe this overwhelming fear that was akin to panic.
My hope is that You Can't Keep It In will help ease the fears of children who struggle with the concept of death as I did.
I am the adoring Nana of 7; however, the Nana character in You Can’t Keep It In is patterned after my grandma who lived down the street from us. She was one of my best friends as a child, always there to listen and understand. Gram taught me to belch. This was in the 1950’s and ‘60’s when little girls were expected to be ladies with impeccable manners. Gram was more liberal and tolerant than most people at that time. The views learned at her kitchen table remain a huge influence in my life.