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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Retrospective Wednesday #3---The Goose Girl

Retrospective Wednesday is a new feature at My Head is Full of Books designed to give bloggers a chance to highlight a book that was published in previous years, in the hope that it will cause others to go back and read it. The featured book must have been published one or more years ago.  Please leave a comment and link back to Headfullofbooks from your blog post. Join in the fun highlighting favorite old books.

Retrospective Wednesday #3---The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale 

"From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own."---from Shannon Hale's Webpage
This marvelous fairy tale never fails to delight readers.  Just today a teacher returned the book to the library saying that she was quite taken with the story and was surprised that she hadn't read it before. She has just become the latest fan of this charming tale that has enough action, romance, suspense, magic, and pageantry to attract a variety of readers.  And if the reader really enjoys this book, there are three other books in the series which carry characters forward and introduce new ones.  Originally published in 2004, this book is targeted toward middle-school aged readers but high school girls (and many adults) really enjoy it, too.



  1. I loved this one too - great story, well told. I've not read the others. I have them in my high school library, but they don't circulate much....maybe I need to start pushing them a little to my fairy tale re-tellings fans. Thanks for the reminder. Great thoughts.

    1. It is one of the books on my nifty-fifty cart which is a "go-to" spot for readers casting about looking for a guaranteed good book.


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