The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year for 1973 and an ALA Notable Book, The Real Thief is the story of Gawain, a most honorable goose. Trustworthy and proud, Gawain is given the keys to the king's Royal Treasury and put in charge of security. When rubies begin to disappear, and the world-famous Kalikak diamond vanishes, it looks as if someone is sacking the treasury. Only the king and Gawain have the keys-and why would the king steal from himself? Now Gawain must find a way to preserve his reputation among his now sceptical friends. In the tradition of aesop and the brothers Grimm, William Steig uses animals to illustrate important human character lessons in a way that is both entertaining and poignant. A story of guilt, pride, and trust The Real Thief is one of his most touching and memorable stories, and has enchanted young and old alike.
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by Elizabeth George Speare
by Joan Lowery Nixon
by William Steig
by William Ritter
by Jane Yolen
by Elisa Bartone
by Russell Freedman
by Eleanor H. Porter
by L.M. Montgomery
"Gawain the goose proudly serves King Basil the bear as chief guard of the Royal Treasury until a series of thefts leads to his arrest. But Gawain's innocence becomes evident when the real thief, a mouse who lives below the floorboards of the vaults, continues the thefts and confesses to the goose. Caruso gives Gawain, King Basil, Derrick (the thieving mouse) and the other animal characters distinct voices and personalities. She reads with expression in a soft, clear voice and thoughtfully conveys the gentle character lesson of Steig's animal fantasy. C.R.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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