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The Goose Girl: A Story from the Brothers…

The Goose Girl: A Story from the Brothers Grimm

by Eric A. Kimmel, Robert Sauber (Illustrator)

Other authors: Anastassija Archipowa (Illustrator)

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This book tells the story of a young princess on her journey to meet her prince. Along the way she is abused and forced to change identities with her rude and evil servant. When they arrive to the kingdom the prince falsely takes the servant as his wife and leaves the true princess to become a goose hearder. Eventually the king finds out and sends out to kill the imposter while the princess lives happily ever after. I personally found this book to be one of the darker fairy tales I have read. The style was still whimsical but it was no where near the childlike innocence you would expect from a fairytale. I do not think this would be a good book to read to a group of young children. However I think for any study on ancient kingdoms or practice it would be fine. ( )
  cejones4 | Mar 18, 2017 |
Goose girl is about a princess who has never known cruelty until she was sent to be married to a prince in the next kingdom. The servant who was supposed to serve her treated her unkindly and switched places with her and made the princess swear not to tell any living person. When they arrived to the new kingdom the servant was thought to be the princes and taken to marry the prince while the real princess was made to work as the servant to a boy who tended to geese. She is able to survive the mean goose boy, who likes to play tricks, by using her magic powers to keep him away. Every day she talks to her talking horse who was slain to deal with her sadness. When the king found out what had transpired he sentenced the the impostor to death and restore the true princess to her rightful place.

I thought it was a little dark and graphic in the way that it described the impostors death for this to be a children's book. If I ever did read this to a class I probably would ask for parent permission first. The artwork in this book is absolutely stunning though.

1. Ask the students to assess whether the punishment was just or not.
2. Have students rewrite the ending of this story in the way that they see fit. ( )
  FrancisWills | Jul 18, 2016 |
'The Goose Girl' is a piece of dark folklore, originally told by the famous Brothers Grimm, retold by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrations by Robert Sauber. The world's tone has cruel characters taking advantage of the innocence of others. This innocence in the form of our princess who has been sheltered by her mother, the queen, since birth from any evil around. This princess grows up to be kind but a victim to her own maid Margaret who was sent by the queen to accompany the princess, along with a horse able to understand and speak any human language, named Falada, to a prince's kingdom who are betrothed to one another. The maid harasses and abuse the kind princess, now away from her protective kingdom. Taking her place as the princess promised to the prince knowing the real princess will do nothing about it, she has Falada, who witness all of this, to be beheaded. A dark ending for the poor horse; that is something expected from the style of the Brothers Grimm. There tone flows through the story as the real princess is sent to be a goose girl assisting a boy, and eventually is seen as the true princess by the King of the land thanks to Falada's disembodied head speaking to the princess. It is a grim tone even for the medieval setting to the very end where the faux princess pronounced her own horrible death. This is a story where anyone who wants to read a folklore that is not modernized like today's fairy tales can get a feel of the story of the original lore as it was when first created by the Brothers Grimm. ( )
  Jtreed | Feb 16, 2016 |
This is an awesome book to see what kids think of personal character and betrayal. I read read this book to kids to find the bar a which they measure their own personal integrity. ( )
  ktankers | Oct 3, 2013 |
Kimmel, E. A., Sauber, R., Grimm, J., & Grimm, W. (1995). The goose girl: a story from the Brothers Grimm. New York: Holiday House.
Grades 1 through 3

A beautiful princess is sent by her mother to meet her betrothed. The queen gives her daughter a handkerchief stained with the queen’s royal blood as a protective charm and sends her magical talking horse Falada to protect the princess. Accompanying the young lady is Margaret, the queen’s trusted serving maid. Margaret, however, is evil and cruel; taking advantage of the princess’s kind nature, Margaret mistreats her. When the princess loses her mother’s protective charm, Margaret takes her place by forcing her to wear her servant’s clothes and ride the servant’s old jade. Once they arrive to the palace, the prince immediately assumes that Margaret is his bride. The king, however, notices how lovely and delicate the princess is, and gives her a job tending the geese. Margaret, afraid that Falada will denounce her, has the horse killed. The princess has Falada’s head nailed to the gate she must cross every day. Falada’s magic is now the princess’s, and she is able to talk to the horse and control the wind. The goose boy complains of her ways to the king, who, already suspicious, decides to question the girl. Bound by a promise to Margaret, the princess refuses to tell him her story. Using his wit, the king suggests that the princess open her heart to the iron stove. When he learns the truth, he approaches Margaret and ask her advice on how to deal with a servant who betrayed her mistress. Margaret suggests a particularly painful punishment, sealing her fate. The princess is restored to her position, and she and the prince live happily ever after.

The goose girl remains true to the original tale. As with most folk tales, the characters of the princess and Margaret represent absolutes of character—the princess as all that is good and pure; Margaret as evil and conniving. As it is common in folktales, good prevails over evil; Margaret is placed in a barrel lined with sharp spikes and dragged through the streets. This kind of violent end for the villain is not uncommon in folktales. The plot is simple and direct, and the theme highlights how evil deeds will lead to retribution. The borders in the illustrations help frame the oil painting. In some pictures, details seem to dissolve as they near the borders, giving the images a dreamlike quality. Parents may choose to exercise caution when sharing with children Margaret’s gruesome fate. ( )
  fonsecaelib530A | Nov 19, 2011 |
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Eric A. Kimmelprimary authorall editionscalculated
Sauber, RobertIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Archipowa, AnastassijaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grimm, JacobAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grimm, WilhelmAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On her way to marry a distant prince, a young princess is forced to trade places with her evil serving maid and becomes a goose girl instead of a bride when she reaches her destination.

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