“Very touching story, beautifully written, highly recommended”Julia B wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“all ages, battle of dunkirk, beautiful prose, birds, sentimental, historical fiction -- a book for all ages, inspirational, fairy tale retelling, 48 pgs”Kathe Coleman wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this at school but after hearing rave reviews on The Book Programme I decided to give it another go. Didn't really enjoy. Written as though it was intended for children but with quite advanced vocabulary which I didn't really understand. Found the story sentimental. Plus I object paying £7.99 for a 20 minute read”Kerry May Hullett wrote this review Thursday, June 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Touching. Sad. Makes you think of how sad it must be for people who are rejected by society but yet never really give up on mankind finding a way to help; reaching into their souls to help the very people who reject them because of physical features.”Clarimom wrote this review Friday, May 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lovely, sad and lovely.”Jem wrote this review Thursday, January 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What can I say? This is a beautiful, heart-breaking tale that never grows old.”Agnes of Bemerton, Shopgirl wrote this review Saturday, December 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Short but sweet.”Gaye A wrote this review Saturday, December 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A sad story.”The Devine Miss Em wrote this review Monday, October 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Rarely does a book move me to tears. This is one of them. Just because it's short (60 pages or so) doesn't mean it isin't beautiful. I know it's sad, but I identified with Rhaydar. Few authors are brave enough to show how life really can be for some, and Paul Gallico does not shy away from that. I strongly recomend this book to anyone who is a lover of literature.”Michael R wrote this review Thursday, April 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book comprises of two short stories; The Snow Goose and The Small Miracle
Phillip Rhayader is a disfigured hermit living in an old abandoned lighthouse on the Essex coast during the 1930s. He stays away from the local villagers not because he is afraid of them, he just prefers a solitary life. He spends his time painting and looking after wildfowl. One day a young girl from the village brings him a wounded snow goose which he nurses back to health. He forms a friendship with this girl (a classic beauty and the beast scenario) which is tragically cut short with the onset of the Second World War.
I must say this story reads like an old fable and is magical in its imagery. It has a strong sentimental vein running through it. Not much is given away about the characters but I don't think that's what's important about the tale. I don't see any deep and meaningful messages. No life changing themes. It is just s simple sort of tale told to children at bedtime. This doesn't mean I didn't like it; quite the opposite. I just don't think it was written to make any bold statements but is simply a story for a stories sake. I like that about it.
The Small Miracle is similar in length to The Snow Goose and is also sentimental in nature but has a completely different setting. It tells the tale of a small boy living in Assisi whose only companion in life is a donkey. This donkey has been with him for years and he considers it his closest friend. One day the donkey becomes ill and the boy decides that if he can get the donkey into the crypt of Saint Francis of Assisi the Saint, who famously loved animals, would heal his furry companion. The local Catholic supervisor rejects the boy's request and, in a somewhat apocryphal twist, the boy makes a journey to Vatican City and meets the Pope to override the supervisors decision. This is more of a children's story than The Snow Goose and I suspect kids would love it. To me it was just harmless fluff that took less than an hour to read.
Overall a fun little book that I fully intend to read to my son at bedtime in a few more years.”