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1948 The Snow Goose - Paul Gallico(Illustrated Peter Scott) Michael Joseph Pub

1948 The Snow Goose - Paul Gallico(Illustrated Peter Scott) Michael Joseph Pub

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Rough around the edges but beautiful images by Peter Scott son of Robert Falcon Scott(Scott of the Antarctic) 

"The Snow Goose" is a classic novella written by Paul Gallico and illustrated by Peter Scott. It was originally published in 1940 and has since become a beloved tale for readers of all ages.

The story is set during World War II and follows the life of a reclusive, hunchbacked artist named Philip Rhayader who resides in an old lighthouse on the coast of Essex, England. His only companions are the wild birds that surround him, including the snow geese that migrate to the area every winter.

One day, a young girl named Fritha discovers a wounded snow goose near Rhayader's lighthouse and brings it to him for help. Rhayader takes immediate care of the bird, whom he names "La Princesse Perdue," and forms a unique bond with Fritha as they both care for the injured animal.

As the war rages on, Rhayader becomes involved in the daring Dunkirk evacuation, where thousands of British soldiers are stranded on the beaches of France. He uses his boat to rescue as many men as possible, with La Princesse Perdue faithfully by his side.

Through their shared experiences and the beauty of the natural world, Rhayader and Fritha develop a deep connection that transcends their physical limitations. Their story becomes a testament to the power of love, sacrifice, and the resilience of the human spirit.

The poetic prose of Paul Gallico, complemented by the striking illustrations of Peter Scott, brings this heartwarming tale to life. Each page is filled with vivid descriptions of the Essex coast, the majestic flight of the snow geese, and the courage of the characters amidst the backdrop of war.

"The Snow Goose" is a touching and timeless story that explores themes of friendship, hope, and the healing power of nature. It has captivated readers for generations, with its lyrical writing and poignant message. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction, nature writing, or simply enjoy a beautifully crafted story, "The Snow Goose" is a must-read.

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