The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
I spent a good part of May re-reading and thinking about The Goose Girl. It was my pick for book club, and whoever picks has to lead the discussion, you know.
I hadn't read The Goose Girl since my college childrens' literature class days, when I loved it. I must say, I still love it! I love it all over again!
Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee is the crown princess of Kildenree, next in line for the throne. However her early attempts to try to speak with birds (encouraged by her aunt) are less than undesirable according to her mother, the queen.
I really hesitate to say much more (though other plot summaries will) because I love the unfolding of the plot in this book. It is a retelling of a Grimm's fairy tale, and personally I find those always have some elements of surprise.
Ah, but I love this book! I credit it with turning me back onto reading, and with helping me realize that authors are living people, not just dead people.
And I love the element of romance in the book. It's so nice to get to see people actually get to know each other and fall in love, you know? Rather than the inexplicable love at first sight thing that happens sometimes. The writing is lovely, the plot well paced.
Two thumbs, five stars, glittery hearts and all. Recommended for girls and boys, men and women. If you want to borrow this book, I've got four copies. :-D