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The Goose Girl (2003)

by Shannon Hale

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Series: Books of Bayern (1)

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ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

As the oldest child of the King and Queen, Crown Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee (Ani) is being groomed for the throne of Kildenree. Much to her mother’s disappointment, though, Ani doesn’t seem to be leadership material. She doesn’t have the ability to persuade and motivate people like her mother does and, oddly, she seems to communicate better with animals than people.

Nonetheless, Ani is shocked when her mother declares her little brother to be heir and sends Ani off as a bride to the prince of Bayern, an aggressive neighboring kingdom. She feels betrayed by her family and things only get worse when she encounters more deceit and betrayal on the way to Bayern. Because she has a difficult time standing up for herself, Princess Ani is soon usurped and tending geese instead of taking her rightful place beside the Prince of Bayern. But this goose girl is determined to get her name back.

Based on the Grimm fairytale “The Goose Girl,” this book is the first in a series of companion novels by Shannon Hale (The Bayern Books). Whether you’re familiar with the fairytale or not, you’ll be pretty sure how the story ends — it’s unlikely to surprise you. But perhaps what will surprise you is how exciting the story is anyway. It’s fast-paced, beautifully written, emotional, and satisfying. Even though I was often frustrated with Ani’s forbearance and lack of confidence, I was enchanted by her story anyway.

According to Amazon, The Goose Girl is marketed to children ages 9-12, but there is enough violence and murder (and even scary things that happen to animals) that I think it’s better suited for the YA crowd. I listened to, and enjoyed, the Full Cast Audio production and recommend this version. The Goose Girl is a sweet and irresistible story for teens, adults, and the bravest little girls and boys. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Crown Princess Anidori of Kildenree is sent to Bayern to marry its prince and forge an alliance between the two kingdoms, but on the way she is betrayed by her lady-in-waiting, who plans to take her place as princess in Bayern. Ani poses as a goose girl until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim her crown.

This seems to be a very close retelling of the original fairy tale, only with more fleshed-out characters. I like seeing Ani grow over the course of the story--she starts out awkward and shy, barely able to communicate with people, but she really comes into her own through working as the goose girl and having to make her own decisions. A few complaints: There were a few minor items in the story that never ended up playing a real part in the plot, so I was waiting for a payoff with those that never happened. Also, I was surprised that someone who had supposedly been groomed for ruling a kingdom was so slow in catching on to the mutiny, and there were quite a few other moments in the book where Ani finally figured out what was going on, and I was thinking, "FINALLY." But these are fairly minor issues that younger readers probably wouldn't have a problem with. I still enjoyed the characters enough to keep going with it. ( )
  DeweyEver | Mar 17, 2014 |
Absolutely wonderful! Wow! Amazing story, clever clever retelling and beautiful prose. This is a really rich book, a gorgeous novel with many unforgettable characters (ENNA!!). I love what the author does with gender, it's a very feminist-friendly book. It passes the Bechdel Test. It has an awesome romance to boot and really inventive uses of magic. I cannot recommend this enough. So pleased I read that.
For a full review, see my blog post: http://www.araretreat.co.uk/2013/08/fairytale-retelling-goose-girl-by.html ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this "Princess to Pauper to Princess" story.

While it was simple, it was well written, exciting, tense, funny and it ended happily...for the heroine. ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
Engrossing and well written, with a lovely lyrical lilt to the narrative. For those familiar with "The Goose Girl" story, there are few surprises - especially at first, but Hale tells it with her own magical voice. I paritcularly liked the geese and their personalities, and watching Ani grow from a pampered princess into a rather more well-rounded individual.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, and shall now have to look into reading the others in the series. ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
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Teens who like long, detailed fantasies will also be happy to accompany the heroine of Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl on her quest to recover her identity and her place in the world.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Beth Wright (Dec 1, 2004)
 
Hale's retelling is a wonderfully rich one, full of eloquent description and lovely imagery, and with a complex plot, a large cast of characters, and a strong female protagonist.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal (Aug 1, 2003)
 
The engaging plot can certainly carry the tale, but Hale’s likable, introspective heroine makes this also a book about courage and justice in the face of overwhelming odds.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Annie O'Malley (Aug 1, 2003)
 
[T]oo long by a fair amount, but ensorcelled teen readers, swept up in the romance and the luscious language, probably won't notice.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Jul 1, 2003)
 
In an attempt to weave all of the elements of the original tale, the novel at times bogs down in detail. But those who enjoy getting lost in an enchanted world will discover here a satisfying and richly embellished retelling of a classic that communicates values still pertinent to contemporary readers.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Jun 30, 2003)
 

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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.

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On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

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