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The Diary of a Goose Girl

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Book Overview: 

The "Goose Girl" is a young and somewhat independent lady who, in fleeing from her lover with whom there had been a "little tiff," became a "paying guest" at poultry farm in a quiet, out-of-the-way Sussex village, in the care of which she participates.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Meantime I can never look at him without marvelling how the English climate can transmute bacon and eggs, tea and the solid household loaf into such radiant roses and lilies as bloom upon his cheeks and lips.


July 8th.

Thornycroft is by way of being a small poultry farm.

In reaching it from Barbury Green, you take the first left-hand road, go till you drop, and there you are.

It reminds me of my “grandmother’s farm at Older.”  Did you know the song when you were a child?—

My grandmother had a very fine farm
   ‘Way down in the fields of Older.
      With a cluck-cluck here,
      And a cluck-cluck there,
      Here and there a cluck-cluck,
      Cluck-cluck here and there,
   Down in the fields at Older.

It goes on for ever by the simple subterfuge . . . Read More

Community Reviews

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-reade

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 writte

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

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

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.

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