Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)Title: The Goose Girl
Author: Shannon Hale
Pages: 383
Published: 2003 Bloomsbury
My Rating: 3 stars

Are you a fan of fairy tales?  Have you ever heard the Brothers Grimm tell the story of The Goose Girl?  Whether you have or have not, if you enjoy hearing a fairy tale retold, you will likely enjoy The Goose Girl.  Although the storyline is quite predictable, even without prior knowledge of the story, it remains a captivating tale.  Shannon Hale is a wonderful storyteller, this book being similar to Gail Carson Levine's or Jessica Day George's fairy tale books.

There are other books following The Goose Girl, continuing the series: Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born.  Assuming these three are similar to the first, I would say that these are just about perfect for the older Junior Fiction reader.

The reason I picked this book up is two-fold.  I knew that Shannon Hale had won a Newbery for Princess Academy (which I've not yet read) and I love Alison Jay's artwork.  Beautiful!  The Goose Girl was a great, must-finish-tonight type of book, one that I'll be sharing with my daughters someday.

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1 comment:

  1. I've read three by Shannon Hale and have really enjoyed them all. She's an excellent storyteller and her style is so well-suited to fairy tales!

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