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5.0 out of 5 stars A not too Grimm retelling, October 12, 2003
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Debut author Shannon Hale succeeds wonderfully with her first novel, "The Goose Girl." A retelling of the moderately well-known tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, she reinvents the story for a modern audience.
Ani, a crown princess, learns at an early age that her special gifts are not those valued by her queen mother and her future subjects. She is eventually sent to marry a prince in a different kingdom, but along the way is overthrown by her lady-in-waiting. Ani becomes a servant, tending geese, while she searches for a way to return to the marriage and throne that is rightfully her own.
Hale has reimagined the story in such a way as to give us a strong, if flawed, heroine with a conscience. In this book, the reader isn't left wondering how a princess could allow herself to be displaced so easily from her birthright. We are also given a magical reason for Ani's successful sojourn with geese. Ultimately, Hale's prose is the book's greatest asset. Ani and her world are vivid creations, ready to be shared during a long, quiet read.
If you enjoy fairy tale novelizations, such as those by Robin McKinley and Donna Jo Napoli, this book will make a great addition to your bookshelf. If you simply like historical fantasy, forget the fairy tale, this novel will also please. Royalty, deception, intrigue, treason, and redemption make up a story that doesn't obviously derive from a fairy tale.
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Initial post: Dec 17, 2009 9:30:56 AM PST
I would like to know if this book is appropriate (language, etc.) for a very young 10 year old who loves to read

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 9:03:51 PM PST
R. C. Bowman says:
definitely. it's very clean--although there's one very subtle insinuation about the villainess, and two or three violent scenes. it's very tastefully presented. you'll be riveted, but not disgusted, and no nightmares. i'd recommend this book to any reader, regardless of age.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2010 1:08:49 PM PDT
Sarah says:
I would say it is fairly clean as far as language. There is some violence and there is one story they tell of women who make a statement by taking their shirts off. It was a little odd since the rest of the book was very clean.
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