Bella Russell, Henry Sant and

Three good Deeds


Three Good DeedsThree Good Deedsis middle grade fantasy from Vivian Vande Velde, who has done consistently enjoyable work for both middle grade readers and YA readers. It is a very simple book, with an honest and worthwhile moral - but not a very surprising one. And the plot is not surprising, either, really. So it presents a bit of a problem to the reviewer. I found it enjoyable enough (though I confess I don't feel confident predicting how a "middle grade" reader would react), but slight. There is nothing really new here, but the story is well presented, and, simply, fun. There really isn't much more to say.

Howard is a fairly typical boy in a small village. He is not particularly better or worse than his fellows. One day, for what he thinks is a prank, he steals the eggs of a goose - one of a flock of goose protected by the local "witch." The "witch, " it turns out, is a real witch, and she responds by turning Howard into a goose. He won't become a boy again until he performs three good deeds. And the rest of the story is a depiction of Howard's life as a goose, made more difficult by his lack of knowledge of goose life, and by the suspicion felt by the real geese. To say nothing of the danger posed by the humans in the village, who certainly don't recognize Howard in his goose form. He also tries to do good deeds, but comes to a stumbling realization that real good deeds, that come from the heart, are not necessarily that easy.

I particularly liked the depictions of the other geese: their naming habits, their suspicions of Howard, their different characters. The story itself is short and pleasant. The moral perhaps a bit too pointed, but true enough. On the whole, nothing great, but decent work.

Rich Horton is an eclectic reader in and out of the SF and fantasy genres. He's been reading SF since before the Golden Age (that is, since before he was 13). Born in Naperville, IL, he lives and works (as a Software Engineer for the proverbial Major Aerospace Company) in St. Louis area and is a regular contributor to Tangent. Stop by his website at .



Share this article





Related Posts


Quotes on good deeds
Quotes on good deeds
50 good deeds
50 good deeds
Random good deeds
Random good deeds

Latest Posts
Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency Case Brief
Massachusetts…
Analysis Stepping into…
National Environmental Protection Act of 1969
National Environmental…
Effective January 1, 1970…
NYC Environmental Protection Jobs
NYC Environmental…
Forest rangers are sworn…
International Journal of Environmental Protection
International…
Editor: Prof. Yung-Tse…
When was the Environmental Protection Agency formed
When was the…
If success in setting…
Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority
Ethiopian Environmental…
Indigenous Seed Harvesting…
Environmental Protection Rules 1986
Environmental…
THE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION…
Florida Department of Environmental Protection permits
Florida Department…
Gov. Rick Scott, who has…
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Department…
About NJDEP Stewardship…
Monaco Yacht Show 2016
Monaco Yacht Show 2016
The Monaco Yacht Show started in 1991...
Search
Featured posts
  • Quotes on good deeds
  • 50 good deeds
  • Random good deeds
  • Trailer for good deeds
  • Good deeds Wiki
  • Definition good deeds
  • Angelina Jolie good deeds
  • Good deeds for Kids
  • Good deeds articles
Copyright © 2019 l gooddeeds.eu.org. All rights reserved.