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The Snow Goose


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A new edition of a beautiful, poignant classic with stunning illustrations from acclaimed illustrator Angela Barrett.

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Paul William Gallico was born in New York City in 1897. He was one of the most well-known sporting writers in America, and a minor celebrity. But he had always wanted to be a fiction writer and eventually retired from sports writing and went to live in Europe to devote himself to writing novels and short stories.Though his name was well-known in the United States, he was unknown to the rest of the world until 1941, when The Snow Goose was published. He died in Antibes in 1976, just short of his 79th birthday. Angela Barrett studied illustration at the Royal College of Art and after graduating in 1980, she began an acclaimed career in children's book illustration. Angela won the Smarties Award in 1988. She lives in London.


Gr 5 Up-- A newly illustrated 50th anniversary edition of a classic. This brief literary fairy tale of the dark, reclusive hunchback with a gift for love and healing; the timid country girl; and the wounded snow goose that brings them together is undeniably sentimental. Certain aspects of the story may seem dated to today's readers, and they probably won't be drawn to an adult heroine depicted as so primitive and inarticulate that ``She did not understand war or what happened in France,'' and Rhayader must explain it to her ``in terms she could understand.'' The addition of painterly oil illustrations with a suitable romantic quality and an attractive book design make this a handsome package. No doubt, a new generation of young romantics will sigh with satisfying heartbreak as Fritha watches the soaring snow goose that she sees as ``the soul of Rhayader taking farewell of her before departing forever.'' --Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT

The Snow Goose is a picture-book nirvana . . . This is the sort of stylish, sophisticated stuff you might want to keep for yourself -- Sally Williams * Independent *
Inspired pastel reimagining of Paul Gallico's World War classic * Observer *
A most impressive, newly illustrated edition of this clear and simple, yet powerful, tale of an outsider * Carousel *
A story that could have been written for Angela Barrett to illustrate . . . This is Barrett at her consummate best. 5 stars * Books for Keeps *
Haunting and lyrical tale of love and loss and courage . . . A classic tale for every generation * Pregnancy and Parenting *

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