The Goose Girl
The Books of Bayern series has been a fantastic, immersive read-aloud. The fictional kingdom of Bayern feels historical, with the addition of people with magical abilities to communicate with nature. In The Goose Girl, Ani is a princess who is sent to Bayern to marry the prince and cement peace between two kingdoms, but she is betrayed and forced to hide and tend geese to survive.
Hale's books are smart and enjoyable for both kids and adults. There is some violence, but the political maneuverings depicted in the books raised a lot of great discussions.
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She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste.
Her name was Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. And when she was older, she watched as a colt was born, and she heard the first word on his tongue, his name, Falada.
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.