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The Fledgling (Hall Family Chronicles, Book 4) Paperback – January 22, 2002
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It all started when Georgie, hardly more than a wisp of thistledown, discovered she could jump down twelve steps in two big graceful bounds. Next, to her great delight, she learned that jumping from the porch and floating as high as the rooftop was possible too. So when the mysterious Canada goose came to her window one night it seemed only natural to climb onto his back and go off with him to learn how to really fly.
Jane Langton spins a marvelous fantasy that wild delight all who dream that someday, somehow, we will magically find ourselves aloft and suddenly able to fly!
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has upset her more than any other book we have ever read together (and we have read thousands.) She cried for nearly an hour after we finished and basically fell asleep crying. She was still very disturbed the next day and I wasn't sure if she would be able to go to school.
My daughter bought this book from her second grade book form and it was, of course, highly recommended. It has won an award and everyone we had spoken to about it while we were reading it, said it was a great book, even though they hadn't actually read it.
I am not sure after actually reading it how appropriate it is for a young girl such as my seven year old.
I discussed the book with my daughter's school's librarian. He did a research on it and said that it was geared towards a minimum of 5th grade level and that it was definitely inappropriate for a 2nd grader.
I was very shocked by the ending - something very bad happens to one of the main characters in the story and you should know this before reading this book to your child. This is what upset my daughter so greatly.
It is definitely a good book, I will not argue that. It is well written and has interesting characters. But, for an imaginative 7 year old who is drawn in to the magic and wonder of this story, you will find that the ending can be quite psychologically disturbing to the young reader or listener when the violent ending occurs.
If I had read this book before reading it to my daughter or been warned at least about its content, I would have never shared this story with her at this age.
Please read this book before reading it to your child and decide whether or not it is appropriate for them.
Book review by Maddie
I read the book The Fledgling, by Jane Langton. She illustrated and wrote it. The genre is fantasy, which I have much sympathy for. For it may be easy to just make up any old thing out of your head and write it down, but I have learned from writing fantasy books, (because they are my favorite genre) that having a limit of magical powers is important. Because if you say at the beginning of your brilliant story, "There was a guy named Henry. Henry was unpopular. The special thing about Henry was he could fly." Then later in your story you have Henry get stuck in an icky, dirty, dungeon and he can't reach the open window, then you have to change that. Because I bet the readers know or still remember that Henry can easily fly out the window.
This story is about a young girl named Georgie. Georgie thinks she knows how to fly. After finding out she can jump down twelve steps in two graceful bounds she's sure she can fly.
Then one night a Canadian goose appears outside her window. It seems like the bird is telling her, "Come, climb onto my back and I'll teach you how to really fly." It seemed to Georgie that the only thing to do was to climb on his white and black, fluffy and soft, back and have a fascinating adventure flying over the whole town.
She meets the goose every night. She seemed to trust his shiny, black eyes. Soon she's flying all by herself. But there's one problem, this terrible Ralph Preek will do anything to stop her goose from coming. Hunting season is coming up, Ralph Preek gets all hands on his gun... To see what happens next, you'll have to read this amazing, fantastic book!!!
The story takes place in a little town near Walden Pond.Read more ›
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I picked this book up at a library when I was a teenager, and was surprised to stumble over it again by sheer coincidence. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ghostfishe
I read this book on a whim because it looked interesting and it of course had won the Newberry honor award. I was disappointed for a couple of reasons. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul M.
A Newbery book for kids. Georgie wants to learn to fly with the help of her Goose Prince. It was a really cute book, with that slight fantasy and full-fledged character development... Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by Swank Ivy
I discovered this book as an adult, and it has left such an impression on me. The fragile, solitary Georgie, the unconventional family, the quirky neighbors, and the stately... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by cleansingavenger
Ms. Langton's writing is always a joy; her wit shines brightly in this lovely if sad book. The story of Georgie finding her inner strength, trusting herself and growing up is the... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by C. E. Mckenna
Perfect for anyone who has a child like hope and imagination. Should be read to kids as many times as they desire.Published on June 3, 2013 by Lauran
I read this when I was a kid, somewhere between 3rd and 5th grade in the 1970's. I remember falling in love with this story. I've read it again as a parent to my kids. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by talccaro
Even though I bought this book used, it arrived looking like a new book. Great! Thanks! Four more words required.Published on April 5, 2013 by dlstroblight
I read this book sometime in the fourth grade. I only read it one time, even though I am an avid re-reader. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by Candy