Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
If we start reading The Goose Girl we will need at least two cups of tea each and a cozy place to sit for a while. If we sit together in a cozy place, probably in our library, we will remain there until we find a good place to stop.
Series: The Books of Bayern, Book 1
Genres: Middle Grade/Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Rating: 5 stars
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.
Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.
Review: For this special book, Kate and I decided to write a book review in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie style.
If we start reading The Goose Girl we will need at least two cups of tea each and a cozy place to sit for a while.
If we sit together in a cozy place, probably in our library, we will remain there until we find a good place to stop.
Since the only good place to stop is the end, we will be fluently talking to birds like Ani can before we ever stop reading.
If we begin trying to talk to birds, people will think we’re crazy and treat us like outsiders just as Ani’s own people did to her.
Once we get inspired to talk to birds, we will move on to horses, wind, and other elements.
If we go outside to talk to the wind we will pretend we are goose girls in our pastures in Bayern.
If we pretend we are goose girls, a handsome man might ride up to us, fall in love, and hope to live happily ever after.
But before we can live happily, we will need to survive many attempts on our lives, the loss of prized possessions and dear friends, and much fear, struggle and doubts.
We don’t have any doubts that The Goose Girl will charm anyone’s heart, especially lovers of fantasy, romance and fairy tale retellings.
This book is a perfect retelling of a Grimm fairy tale, told in simple but beautiful prose and will make anyone wish for an intense story and a perfectly wrapped up ending of their own.
Once we reach this perfect ending, we will yearn for the sequel, Enna Burning.