The Snow Goose and the Small Miracle Paperback
by Paul Gallico
Illustrated by Anne Linton, Ed Norfield
This is a classic storytelling from a bestselling author.
Gallico's most famous story, "The Snow Goose", is set in the wild, desolate Essex marshes and is an intense and moving tale about the relationship between a hunchback and a young girl. "The Small Miracle" is a contemporary fable about a young boy's love for his dangerously ill donkey.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 80 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 22/02/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780140299526
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Review by elliepotten
I had two customers at the bookshop asking for this book in the last week or so, which often happens if it's recently been featured on the radio. The second customer, a sweet little old lady, fell into a tone of deep reverence and told me it was 'lovely, just lovely - I knew I needed to have a copy!' Well, happily for me, I <i>have</i> a copy, so I searched it out and read it straight away!The back of this edition says that 'The Snow Goose' is 'a beautiful tale of a hunchbacked artist, a girl, a wounded bird and a courageous act at Dunkirk.' It being a short story, there really isn't much I can add to that without ruining it. All I <i>can</i> say is that my customer was right - it <i>is</i> lovely. From the first page it resounded with poetry and bravery, deep sadness and a profound love and respect for the natural world. By the end I was in tears and absolutely certain that this book wouldn't be leaving my shelves any time soon.The second story, 'The Small Miracle', is a modern fable about a poor orphaned Italian boy, Pepino, and his quest to save his best friend and only remaining family, his beloved donkey Violetta. She is very sick, and his only chance is to get her into the crypt of his local church at Assisi for St. Francis to heal her. Again, it's a very moving story - orphan boy, sick donkey, here come the tears again! - and it's woven through with an appealing atmosphere of innocence and faith.For me, the first story will be unforgettable; the second story less so, but still far surpassing every other short story I have ever read, at least as far as my memory serves! Very highly recommended.
Review by emmee1000
Tiny little book, but an excellent read. Touching, uplifting, joyous, and heartbreaking.
Review by auntieknickers
I read this book a long time ago, and what I remember is the depiction of the rescue of the soldiers at Dunkirk by a fleet of small boats. I think this was the first I'd heard of it.