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The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern, Bk 1)
The Goose Girl - Books of Bayern, Bk 1
Author: Shannon Hale
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue. She spent the early years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the swans. Then, a colt was born with a word on his tongue - his name, Falada - and when Ani spoke it, she found the key to hi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781582349909
ISBN-10: 1582349908
Publication Date: 5/13/2005
Pages: 383
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

4.5 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Beck-a-book avatar reviewed The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book! It was very imaginative and interesting. The characters were relatable. The book had a little bit of everything, magic, love, friendship, family, betrayal, action, etc. It was a fun read to feel young again and let your imagination go wild.
althea avatar reviewed The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern, Bk 1) on + 774 more book reviews
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This novel is a re-telling of the traditional fairy tale of the same name, telling the story of a princess, who, en-route to a marriage to a prince of a neighboring country,
falls victim to the machinations and ambitions of her servant girl, who passes herself off as the real princess, forcing the real royal to take the position of a goose girl.

The book sticks to the details outlined in the Brothers Grimm version of the tale pretty exactly - you can read it here: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm089.html
But the writing is excellent, and really makes the characters come alive. Very emotional, and satisfying for anyone with a love of traditional stories.
reviewed The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern, Bk 1) on + 84 more book reviews
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This book was wonderful!! It was a magical and thrillingly original farytale. A classic story remade and molded into it's own.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern, Bk 1) on + 962 more book reviews
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First-time author Shannon Hale delights readers of all ages with her stunningly brilliant fantasy novel THE GOOSE GIRL. Anidori-Kiladree has never felt like the true crown princess of Kildenree. She doesn't have the gift of speaking with people that her mother and her lady-in-waiting Selia do. Instead, she's more comfortable spending her days with the swans by the royal lake, breathing in nature, feeling always a mere step away from understanding something in the air.

Ani's mother decides to arrange a marriage for her to the prince of Bayern, the neighboring kingdom, as a part of a peace settlement. Scared, the naive Ani sets off on the months-long journey through the mountains, accompanied by Selia and several guards.

Ani is thrown for a surprise when Selia and guards loyal to her stage a mutiny, declaring Selia to be Princess Anidori-Kiladree. Lost and friendless, with her life on the line, Ani takes up a job as goose girl, unsure of what to do with herself. Her initial plan is to save enough money to go back home to Kildenree, but as the time passes, she makes friends and understands more about the city and Bayern. Ani--who now calls herself Isi--realizes that as queen she would be able to do so much to help the people of Bayern, and so begins to develop a plan to reclaim her rightful place in the royal court, and to expose Selia as a manipulative liar.

THE GOOSE GIRL is beautifully written, with a wonderful poetic style that lends so much to the fantastical component of the story. Ani's development from an inexperienced girl to a confident young lady is remarkably realistic and will leave you cheering for her.
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a great re telling of a brothers grimm fairy tale, good adventure, suspense and mild romance
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reviewed The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern, Bk 1) on
I preread this book for my 14 and 10 year old daughters. Overall, I was drawn in to the characters, setting, and plot. The author does a great job of using imagery and writing decorations to bring her work to life for the reader. Some sentences were so beautifully lyrical that they reminded me of a poetic work.
That said, I have the following concerns for young readers;
*the relationship between Ani and her mother, left me with an empty "upset" feeling. It may be exactly what the author was going for, but I would not want a young teen, not yet mature in her handling of her own relationship with her mother, to identify with the brokenness of this fictitous pair. Real life mother-daughter relationships can be strained too, but it doesn't mean the mother is "the villian" as it felt in this story.
*the violent scenes could be disturbing to young readers whose parents have appropriately shielded their minds from violent media, programming, and literature.

The above critique is based on personal preferences about content. However, a more objective critique can be made of the end of the book, which, I feel, fails the reader after being captivated by such an enchanting tale throughout the story, leading us through a really great climax with an unexpected twist (regarding the prince), only to have the resolution be poorly developed and too loosely resolved. I was left with a feeling of, "That's it? Really, that's it?" Too tidy.
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Love this book!
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Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It's appropriately rated for young adult fiction. _The Goose Girl_ was Shannon Hale's first book....her writing style is more developed in subsequent books in this series or in the Princess Academy. This volume could've benefited from some tighter editing, but the plotline is enjoyable.


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