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"I am very tired of people," she wrote, "and want to rest myself by living a while with things." "I rely upon you to keep an honorable distance yourselves, and not to divulge my place of retreat to others, especially to -- you know whom! Do not pursue me. I will never be taken alive!" Her story of her life on a farm, keeping hens, Belgian hares, and especially geese, and her "I am very tired of people," she wrote, "and want to rest myself by living a while with things." "I rely upon you to keep an honorable distance yourselves, and not to divulge my place of retreat to others, especially to -- you know whom! Do not pursue me. I will never be taken alive!" Her story of her life on a farm, keeping hens, Belgian hares, and especially geese, and her portraits of those she abides with form the basis of a charming tale. Kate Douglas Wiggin is best known for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. A popular author of children's books, also opened the first free kindergarten in California -- the Silver Street Free Kindergarten, and worked there till the late 1880s.


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"I am very tired of people," she wrote, "and want to rest myself by living a while with things." "I rely upon you to keep an honorable distance yourselves, and not to divulge my place of retreat to others, especially to -- you know whom! Do not pursue me. I will never be taken alive!" Her story of her life on a farm, keeping hens, Belgian hares, and especially geese, and her "I am very tired of people," she wrote, "and want to rest myself by living a while with things." "I rely upon you to keep an honorable distance yourselves, and not to divulge my place of retreat to others, especially to -- you know whom! Do not pursue me. I will never be taken alive!" Her story of her life on a farm, keeping hens, Belgian hares, and especially geese, and her portraits of those she abides with form the basis of a charming tale. Kate Douglas Wiggin is best known for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. A popular author of children's books, also opened the first free kindergarten in California -- the Silver Street Free Kindergarten, and worked there till the late 1880s.

30 review for The Diary of a Goose Girl by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Fiction, Historical, United States, People & Places, Readers - Chapter Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    I really enjoyed this pastoral tale of a girl seeking refuge from suitors and family settling into life on a farm. Though she is a paying guest, she soon integrates into the household and begins shepherding the geese. The book is mostly a series of mini-stories about her adventures, each chapter is almost self-contained. I think it describes the countryside very nicely and I found most of the narrator's observations to be funny. I don't think that she mocks the animals, she at one point questions I really enjoyed this pastoral tale of a girl seeking refuge from suitors and family settling into life on a farm. Though she is a paying guest, she soon integrates into the household and begins shepherding the geese. The book is mostly a series of mini-stories about her adventures, each chapter is almost self-contained. I think it describes the countryside very nicely and I found most of the narrator's observations to be funny. I don't think that she mocks the animals, she at one point questions how she can eat a duckling or hen that she's raised from a baby. It's definitely not written about 2010 and many of the events are fairly unlikely now, but the simple life that she describes sounds nice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    - 24 Aug 1923 died Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author and educator. https://librivox.org/author/1375 - 24 Aug 1923 died Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author and educator. https://librivox.org/author/1375

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elsabet

    This was the cutest little book. It's very short, but quite sweet. I loved all the descriptions of the fowls, I really could see everything perfectly. Cannibal Anne and Crookedtoes were probably my favorite characters. The author was humorous, I found myself chuckling many times. It wasn't hilarious, just simple and funny, which is my favorite kind of humor. This was the cutest little book. It's very short, but quite sweet. I loved all the descriptions of the fowls, I really could see everything perfectly. Cannibal Anne and Crookedtoes were probably my favorite characters. The author was humorous, I found myself chuckling many times. It wasn't hilarious, just simple and funny, which is my favorite kind of humor.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ForeverDay

    I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator- the way she describes the people she meets is very amusing and the style is just fun. However the entire middle section (which is the vast majority of the book) involves description of the antics of the birds. Although it's sweet enough (and clearly written by someone who's spent significant time in the company of such birds) it is almost entirely plotless and so lacks some attention-holding properties. The plot, such as it is, is resolved entirely in I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator- the way she describes the people she meets is very amusing and the style is just fun. However the entire middle section (which is the vast majority of the book) involves description of the antics of the birds. Although it's sweet enough (and clearly written by someone who's spent significant time in the company of such birds) it is almost entirely plotless and so lacks some attention-holding properties. The plot, such as it is, is resolved entirely in the last chapter. All in all, sweet but not enough plot to keep it interesting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This is a multi-faceted review. To start off, my husband bought me a "nook" e-reader for Christmas. I had expressed interest in it, but by no means asked for it, nor was I even certain that I wanted it. Now that I have it, I would describe my feelings as 85% love and 15% frustration. But the e-reader experience, apart from the nook specifically, led me to a growing appreciation of the Google book project. One goal of the project is to digitally preserve out of print books and, copyright laws per This is a multi-faceted review. To start off, my husband bought me a "nook" e-reader for Christmas. I had expressed interest in it, but by no means asked for it, nor was I even certain that I wanted it. Now that I have it, I would describe my feelings as 85% love and 15% frustration. But the e-reader experience, apart from the nook specifically, led me to a growing appreciation of the Google book project. One goal of the project is to digitally preserve out of print books and, copyright laws permitting, make them available online. These books can be downloaded to an e-reader (nook or otherwise) for free from Barnes and Noble. I started searching for some of my favorite children's classics, and when I looked up Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm--a perennial favorite--I discovered I could get a compilation of the author's work (nearly 2300 pages) all for free. This story is one of a handful that I've read so far and definitely my favorite. It is delightfully fun and entertaining. I loved the voice of the narrator. Up until now, I had only read two works from this author, and they were significantly different in tone and style, and the stories I've read since downloading this volume have convinced me that she was a very talented and versatile writer. Thumbs up to Google, Barnes and Noble and Kate Douglas Wiggin!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I'm a little torn on this because I absolutely adore the narrator. I love the diary entries and her descriptions of the various feathered fiends and friends and her description of the family she's staying with. But the ending was extremely meh with not enough context or build up for me to be happy with it. I'm a little torn on this because I absolutely adore the narrator. I love the diary entries and her descriptions of the various feathered fiends and friends and her description of the family she's staying with. But the ending was extremely meh with not enough context or build up for me to be happy with it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kimbolimbo

    This was my favorite quote from this book: "A man’s mind is too dull an instrument to measure a woman’s reason; even my own fails sometimes to deal with all its delicate shades." If you have an interest in the social life of fowls then this will be a fun read. If you are a girl running away from the world then this is also an interesting read. It was light fun reading. This was my favorite quote from this book: "A man’s mind is too dull an instrument to measure a woman’s reason; even my own fails sometimes to deal with all its delicate shades." If you have an interest in the social life of fowls then this will be a fun read. If you are a girl running away from the world then this is also an interesting read. It was light fun reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    It was a moderately interesting story of a girl who goes to live on a farm and becomes a "goose girl". I sort of enjoyed reading about chicks, eggs, and geese. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something simple about everyday life on a farm. It was a moderately interesting story of a girl who goes to live on a farm and becomes a "goose girl". I sort of enjoyed reading about chicks, eggs, and geese. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something simple about everyday life on a farm.

  9. 5 out of 5

    CynthyB

    I enjoyed this short romp through English farm life with the "Goose Girl." Witty little story. I enjoyed this short romp through English farm life with the "Goose Girl." Witty little story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    A charming little story told by a young lady on a three week adventure to a poultry farm and filled with amusing little anecdotes about her observations there.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.

    I got bored reading about geese and chickens- The Egg and I is a much more entertaining read on the subject.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Boring

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A quick read. The beginning was interesting but I lost interest somewhere along the way. I may have skimmed over sections.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zenab

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kerr

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zanne Baker

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay Den

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leopold Publishing

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sally

  23. 5 out of 5

    Grouchogal

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hardik Jaahnavi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shirley A. Coale

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett Beardsley

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