As Autumn begins to unfold Madame Razz works out a trick to mimic the leaves by turning things momentarily gold. Meanwhile Bow and Adora watch the geese migrating into the sunset. Bow tells Adora of an old myth of a Golden Goose which, as legend foretold, could make miracles happen when caught. The next day Adora tells the younger Twiggets the same story but is overheard by a Jackdaw (one of Catra's spies). He misunderstands and believes the story to be fact so he tells his mistress. Catra then goes in pursuit of the magical goose with Entrapta and Castaspella. The rebels are disturbed by the absence of Catra and they go to investigate. All they find at her tower is the Jackdaw who trades information for some food. She-Ra then summons Enchanta (the giant swan) to fly her rebels with her to find Catra and protect the lives of the geese. They reach the shore and there is still no sign of a golden goose. They meet a friendly fisherman called Finn who lives in an upturned boat on the beach. Finn tells them where to find Old Anser, the pompous leader of the geese. They travel to Summer Isle and find Old Anser. He tells them there is a Golden Goose but she is not magic. To prevent Catra finding the rare goose the rebels hatch a plan. Madame Razz turned 3 geese to gold and then placed them near the where Catra, Clawdeen, Castaspella and Entrapta were hunting. They all think they have found the goose but are baffled when the geese lose there colour. In despair and frustration they return to their lair. The geese can then safely graze on Summer Isle but "Do you think the Golden Goose could really be magic after all?" Comments - What a load of crap. I don't know if this was meant to appeal to little girls or something but it has such a weak storyline that it is a bore to read. The only bit I liked was Finn's line at the end "I'm only sorry I never got to see the pink cat". Who cares if Catra went in search of the Golden Goose? She wouldn't of been able to find it anyway as it was hidden on the secret Summer Isle. What makes it worse is the terrible artwork that makes me feel nauseous every time I look at it. The book reminds me of one of those bargain video's of a Disney film where every thing looks wrong. The characters only bear a small resemblance to the filmation characters, I'm just glad that Steward didn't illustrate any of the other books.
Review by Thom McKiernan