A bug’s life is suddenly changed when a wandering goose finds his way to her garden. They become close friends, exploring and playing in the lush garden, exchanging poems, hopes, and dreams, and eventually confessions of love. When goose begins to feel his instinct to wander, Bug’s life changes again, but she comes to learn that she is surrounded by enduring love, even in loss.
Like all fables, The Wandering Goose is short, sweet, beautifully illustrated, and teaches a valuable lesson – in this case, a lesson about how love goes. It realistically describes the stages of emotion felt during the course of a relationship, and reminds us that it is possible to find love in our life even in the midst of heartbreak.
I wish that I had read this when I was younger and had first started dating. I was a melodramatic child – my mom enjoys telling the story of the time when I was ten and came home crying about how no one would ever love me again because the boy that had become my boyfriend that afternoon had broken up with me – so this could have saved me a lot of tears.
While fables may not appeal to all readers, the lesson that The Wandering Goose illustrates is something that everyone should make note of.
Thanks to Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.