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***The Golden Goose

by Dick King-Smith

illustrated by Ann Kronheimer

Reviewed August 2, 2005.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2005.  Originally published in Great Britain in 2003.  115 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF KIN).

I’ve heard it said that authors must have bad things happen to their characters if they want to keep the reader’s interest.  Okay, maybe this isn’t the deepest or most insightful book I ever read, but Dick King-Smith did manage to tell a good story full of good things happening.

Maybe it helps that things hadn’t gone well for Farmer Skint in the past.  In fact, “Farmer Skint was a poor, unfortunate man.”  Then one day, a special gosling is born to his goose and gander (named Misery and Sorrow).  This gosling hatches from a gold-colored egg, and her feathers are the color of gold.

When people stroke this little goose, they feel happy and joyful.  And Farmer Skint’s luck begins to change dramatically.

This is an easy-reading book about what can happen when a farmer suddenly is blessed with great good fortune.  Light and fun.

Review of another book by Dick King-Smith:
Babe:  The Gallant Pig

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