The Real Thief

Product Number: 12170
Released: Jan 21, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780312371456
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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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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Author(s): William Steig
Narrator(s): Barbara Caruso
Product Number Z07942
Released: Apr 01, 2014
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ISBN: #9781490610481
Author(s): William Steig
Product Number EB00102450
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781466840973
Teacher's Guide
Author(s): William Steig
Product Number 44632
Released: Mar 13, 2007
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ISBN: #9781419399923

Professional reviews

"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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