Thursday, January 25, 2007

Chapter Books - The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale 2005

I enjoy fairy tales, but do not often venture into the chapter book length ones. The Goose Girl for me almost borders on being a fantasy book versus fairy tale, but there is no mistaking the basics that keep it in that category. The author definitely has a way with words. The text is filled with descriptive writing and the pages are loaded with unique similes and metaphors. The bases to the story has a familiar Cinderella quality to it, yet is still different enough that you really don’t notice it at first.

There are many twists and turns in the plot and the situations at times can be uneasy for animal enthusiasts. As the reader follows the life of Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kilendree, at times the unusual names and circumstances can be a bit confusing if one doesn’t read carefully. Stories with this type of complexity I find can trip up a reader who occasionally will skim pages with an over abundance of imagery like myself. Definitely worth reading, but the suggested age is 4th grade and up. I will go out on a limb and actually say maybe 5th grade and up, but think those a little older would really enjoy this. It is lengthy so would recommend for a cold or snowy weekend reading. As a side note for some of the younger readers, when I can’t figure out the correct pronunciation for character’s name or most of them like in this book, I usually give them a nickname. For Anidori-Kiladra, I used Andi.



Anonymous Emily said...

I love this book. I actually like Enna Burning and River Secrets even better. And the author is both sweet and incredibly funny.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Vivian said...

Thanks for the review. I just picked up The Goose Girl and River Secrets from the library and look forward to reading them.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Frema said...

I haven't read this particular version of this story, but it's often included in fairy tale compilations, and it's one of my favorites. Maybe I'll have to check this one out sometime soon.

6:31 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

I like the nickname idea. It surely would make the reading more enjoyable. Thanks for the tip!

Hope everyone is feeling better!

6:47 PM  

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