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The snow goose / Paul Gallico ; illustrated by Angela Barrett.

By: Gallico, Paul, 1897-1976.
Contributor(s): Barrett, Angela | Barrett, Angela. ill [author.] | BARRETT, Angela illus.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Hutchinson, 2007Description: 45 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780091893828 (hbk.); 0091893828 (hbk.).Subject(s): Dunkirk, Battle of, Dunkerque, France, 1940 -- Juvenile fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Juvenile fiction | Geese -- Juvenile fiction | Snow goose -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Dunkirk, Battle of, Dunkerque, France, 1940 -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction | Snow goose -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Children's stories -- Pictorial works. | Picture books | Children's fiction.DDC classification: [Fic.]
Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 1946.
Summary: Against the backdrop of World War II, friendship develops between a lonely crippled painter and a village girl, when together they minister to an injured snow goose. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.
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Philip Rhayader lives alone in an abandoned lighthouse on the desolate Great Marsh of Essex. One afternoon, a hauntingly beautiful child, Fritha, visits Rhayader, bringing with her an injured snow goose. At first Fritha is scared of Rhayader, with his sinister hump and crooked hand, but he is gentle and kind and Fritha begins to visit regularly. When the snow goose departs for home, Rhayader is left alone again.

The following winter, the snow goose and Fritha return to the lighthouse. Time passes and one year Fritha is frightened to discover her feelings for Rhayader. But this is 1940 and Rhayader is setting sail for Dunkirk to help the soldiers trapped on the beaches. Fritha never sees Rhayader again. But the story of the saviour with the snow goose passes from soldier to soldier and into legend . . .

Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 1941.

Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 1946.

Against the backdrop of World War II, friendship develops between a lonely crippled painter and a village girl, when together they minister to an injured snow goose. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary.


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One November afternoon, three years after Rhayander had come to the Great Marsh, a child approached the lighthouse studio by means of the sea wall. In her arms she carried a burden. She was no more than twelve, slender, dirty, nervous and timid as a bird, but beneath the grime as eerily beautiful as a marsh faery. She was pure Saxon, large-boned, fair, with a head to which her body was yet to grow, and deep-set, violet-coloured eyes. She was desperately frightened of the ugly man she had come to see, for legend had already begun to gather about Rhayader, and the native wild-fowlers hated him for interfering with their sport. But greater than her fear was the need of that which she bore. For locked in her child's heart was the knowledge, picked up somewhere in the swampland, that this ogre who lived in the lighthouse had magic that could heal injured things. She had never seen Rhayader before and was close to fleeing in panic at the dark apparition that appeared at the studio door, drawn by her footsteps -- the black head and beard, the sinister hump, and the crooked claw. She stood there staring, poised like a disturbed marsh bird for instant flight. But his voice was deep and kind when he spoke to her. 'What is it child?' She stood her ground, and then edged timidly forward. The thing she carried in her arms was a large white bird, and it was quite still. There were stains of blood on its whiteness and on her kirtle where she had held it to her. The girl placed it in his arms. 'I found it, sir. It's hurted. Is it still alive?' 'Yes. Yes, I think so. Come in, child, come in.' Rhyander went inside, bearing the bird, which he placed upon a table, where it moved feebly. Curiosity overcame fear. The girl followed and found herself in a room warmed by a coal fire, shining with many coloured pictures that covered the walls, and full of a strange but pleasant smell. The bird fluttered. With his good hand Rhayader spread on of its immense white pinions. The end was beautifully tipped with black. Rhayader looked and marvelled, and said: 'Child: where did you find it?' 'In t' marsh, sir, where fowlers had been. What -- what is it, sir?' 'It's a snow goose from Canada. But how in all heaven came it here?' The name seemed to mean nothing to the little girl. Her deep violet eyes, shining out of the dirt on her thin face, were fixed with concern on the injured bird. She said: 'Can 'ee heal it, sir?' 'Yes, yes,' said Rhayader. 'We will try. Come, you shall help me.' There were scissors and bandages and splints on a shelf, and he was marvelously deft, even with the rooked claw that managed to hold things. He said: 'Ah, she has been shot, poor thing. Her leg is broken, and the wing tip! but not badly. See, we will clip her primaries, so that we can bandage it, but in the spring the feathers will grow and she will be able to fly again. We'll bandage it close to her body, so that she cannot move it until it has set, and then make a splint for the poor leg.' Her fears forgotten, the child watched, fascinated, as he worked, and all the more so because while he fixed a fine splint to the shattered leg he told her the most wonderful story. From the Hardcover edition. Excerpted from The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico returns with new illustrations by Angela Barrett. Set in England against the backdrop of WWII and first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1940, the story centers on the relationship between a British girl and an older recluse as they nurse an injured goose back to health. Gallico's work, exploring friendship, bravery, patriotism and loss, has captivated several generations of readers and inspired two films. (Knopf, $17.99 48p ages 12-up ISBN 9780-375-849787; Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Gallico's classic story of the selflessness of a goodhearted recluse speaks volumes to readers accustomed to a world plagued by self-gratification. Philip Rhayader, a deformed misfit, inhabits an abandoned lighthouse near the English Channel, where he pours out his feelings in his paintings of wildlife and in his care for the birds to which he gives sanctuary. When 12-year-old Frith takes Philip a wounded snow goose, the two form a bond. The goose returns annually, and Philip and Frith grow in their fondness for each other. During World War II, when hundreds are stranded at Dunkirk, Philip, with only the goose as a companion and under heavy enemy fire, tirelessly sails soldiers to safety. Later, when the bird returns alone to the lighthouse, Frith's worst fears are confirmed, and she is left with nothing but Philip's paintings and her memories of a love she never expressed. The beautifully written but somewhat complex text uses unfamiliar vocabulary, and the occasional dialogue is rendered in a strong Essex dialect. However, the overall story is clear, poignant, and still relevant years after its original publication (1940). Barrett's inset and full-page pencil drawings, done in soft pastel tones, perfectly complement the tale's serious nature, capturing the spareness of the landscape and the intensity of the characters' feelings. Sure to provoke thoughtful discussions, this book is an excellent way to introduce a new generation to Gallico's timeless tale.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Gallico's classic adult novella, first published in 1941 after Dunkirk in the dark times of World War II, is reissued here in a large fiftieth-anniversary illustrated edition. It's the story of a hunchbacked artist, Rhayader, who lives as a recluse in a lonely lighthouse. One day a beautiful young village child asks him to help her save a wounded snow goose. They care for it until it's strong enough to fly away. Then at the time of the Battle of Dunkirk, when every civilian craft in England is called on to rescue soldiers from the sea, Rhayader makes trip after trip in his sailboat through the enemy fire, watched over by the great white snow goose, like an angel of mercy ("white sail and white bird"), until he disappears. The story's a tearjerker, complete with resurrection imagery, and Peck's full-page impressionistic oil paintings are idealized. The land- and seascapes are beautiful, and so is everything else. The hunchback is barely deformed, the girl is angelic (no sign in the pictures of the "grime" Gallico talks about), and in the end she's an exquisite white-clad maiden bidding sad farewell to the pure white bird. It's all as soppy and brave as any melodrama, and lots of kids will love it as much as their parents and grandparents did. The portrayal of an ordinary hero in wartime, as well as the transformation of an outsider who stands tall at last, are enduring in their appeal. (Reviewed Sept. 15, 1992)0679806830Hazel Rochman

Horn Book Review

After the child Frith brings Philip Rhayader, a hunchbacked artist, an injured snow goose to nurse, an unlikely relationship develops between Frith and Philip. Poignant and moving, this sophisticated tale of friendship and heroism is illustrated with beautiful, impressionistic paintings. From HORN BOOK 1992, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

A tale of exquisite sentimentality and storytelling gains new appeal in Barrett's magical hands. Gallico's tale of the snow goose was first published in 1940, just after the Battle of Dunkirk, when thousands of British and French troops were rescued from the Germans by hundreds of small British boats. Philip Rhayader, a man crippled in body and spirit, lives alone in a lighthouse on the Essex coast, painting pictures and caring for the marsh birds. A wild young girl named Frith brings him an injured snow goose, somehow lost from Canada. He heals the goose, and the girl and bird return to him, warily but faithfully, season after season. Eventually Frith is grown, and feels stirrings of something else for the artist. Then it's the spring of 1940, and Philip goes out across the water, the goose with him, to rescue those trapped soldiers on Dunkirk beach, seven at a time. Fritha knows he's lost then and realizes what she has found, only to lose. Barrett approaches the story with a softness that matches the tone. The drawings are in graphite and pencil, with an occasional piece in color that lightens the mood. A lovely reworking for a whole new audience. (Historical fiction. 11-14) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.