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Project Fairy Tale: The Goose Girl

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This cool idea has bloggers reading the original version of a fairy tale and three retellings. My fairy tale is "The Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm.

I go in to details!

The Goose Girl
By Shannon Hale
Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2003
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.

Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.

Overall Reaction:
At first, I thought it was moving kind of slow but that was because I had already read the original fairy tale. I wish I had waited to read it, because I felt like I already knew what was happening. Once small things started to change in the story, I started loving it. And the ending- oh the ending! It was so action-packed and I was so worried about everyone. It was amazing. I will be reading the sequels. Also, I think this book should be a movie!

Comparison to the original:
  • Instead of having a lock of hair for protection, the princess had a handkerchief from her mother with three drops of blood on it.
  • There was no fairy.
  • The princess had the gift of animal-speak, so she could speak some animal languages. That was how she could speak with Falada. Also, she was there when Falada was born, and that's the only reason she could talk to the horse; she heard the horse speak its true name.
  • Instead of the lady-in-waiting making the princess give up her role, there was a battle, and the princess ran away.
  • After Falada was killed, the princess snuck around and asked someone to give Falada a proper burial. She was horrified when she saw his definition of that - a trophy of Falada's head.
  • There was no rhyme to keep the goose boy away, but she could kind of talk to the wind. 
  • The princess didn't confess everything to the king because he talked her into it. She told him on her own. At first, he didn't believe her. He finally did when he eavesdropped on the lady-in-waiting.
  • Falada was given a proper burial.
Those were the biggest differences, story-wise. I think the changes made the story better and more modern. I had a feeling that Geric was the prince from the beginning and I was so happy when I was right and he professed his love for her. Oh, that was so romantic.

I was worried that the princess wouldn't be feisty enough, because in the fairy tale, she's a bit pathetic. This book fixed that. The princess wasn't allowed to go anywhere when she was young. If she never interacted with people, how would she learn social cues and how to stand up for herself? Also, during the battle she did manage to get away. Once she learned more about people and living on her own, she found her bravery and was truly amazing. She had a lot of potential and I'm glad she lived up to it.

I'm glad I finally read this book. Now I understand why so many people speak so highly of it!


  1. I really enjoyed this book when I read it but I hadn't read the fairy tale at the time. It's great to know that you really liked it as well after reading the original!


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