The Snow Goose

I read this book, The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico, and in its few pages it moved me through emotions of pity, happiness, satisfaction, sorrow, and frustration.

I highly recommend this novella. Also, it’s short (64 pages) so read it in one sitting if possible.

snow gooseA friend of mine had pushed this small, thin book into my hands, and she told me to read it immediately. She had given me an old library copy that did not look interesting at all. Imagine this cover on the left but it’s covered in stickers that are wearing off and a protective jacket sleeve that looks gross. Some library books just don’t look that great anymore, and being tired, I didn’t want to give time to this book.

Eventually I was pressed to read it. My friend was reading The Giver, which I had recommended to her, so I felt obligated to read the book she recommended to me.

She had told me it would create those good, warm feelings inside me. That description did not prepare me for the beautiful story of the snow goose, the disfigured hunchback, and the girl.

Because The Snow Goose is so short, I fear that any description would give away the plot, so instead of describing the plot, I’m going to list a few reasons why you should read it:

  1. The Snow Goose uses lyrical, poetical language to create pleasant prose.
  2.  The Snow Goose realistically and wonderfully describes a love that doesn’t just feel but also acts.
  3. The Snow Goose tells of a hero who loves those who do not love him.
  4. The Snow Goose shows that moral qualities, not appearance, matter.
  5. The Snow Goose engages readers with the beauty of flying birds and the surrounding world.

Not convinced about that last point? Well, look at this picture of a snow goose below. I love the black tips on the otherwise white goose. Key to the story, the beauty and wonder of this bird symbolizes sometimes hope but always love.

Photo from the post “Autumn Dance, Messengers of Winter” at

If you really must know more about the story before you go out and purchase it (or at the very least check it out from the library), read this insightful review by Lisa Allardice.


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