The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)
By: Shannon Hale
My Rating: Four out of Five
Best for: 10 and up
I’ve always liked Shannon Hale, but this essay made me like her even more: What are we teaching boys when we discourage them from reading books about girls?.
Not only is she cool, but she’s also written a whole bunch of cool books. If you’re new to Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl is a great place to start.
The story is true to the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale it’s sourced from, right down to the names of the characters and the plot. Shannon Hale does a great job of adding color to the original, giving the characters personalities and room to develop.
The result is a wonderful story about kings and queens, princes and princesses, trying–failing–to live up to expectations, and being happy with who you are instead of who others want you to be.
Introverts everywhere will stand up and cheer!
Like all of Shannon Hale’s books, there are no content concerns. This book is accessible to all ages. It’s over 400 pages though, so best for any reader who can handle that. It’d be a great read-aloud, too. Ages 10 and up.