Shanyn’s new feature caught my eye this week and it’s something I’ve decided to take part in. This week’s prompt is to Recommend a book with a green cover.
The Goose Girl
By Shannon Hale
Books of Bayern – Book 1
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.
I decided to go with a book I read several years ago. It was my introduction to this author and had me searching for her name in libraries. This week I’m recommending The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I rarely like when others pick books out for me, but with The Goose Girl my husband did a fantastic job. It wasn’t just because we were snowed in thanks to a surprise blizzard, this one had me ignoring the noise around me and becoming engrossed in the story.
The Goose Girl is one that can come as a slow surprise for you. This is a story of a quiet girl who has to learn to have confidence in herself and has to find her strength. When we accept that we can be more than we ever dreamed of we can change the world around us.
Shannon Hale is an author not to be missed and The Goose Girl is a great place to start.