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The Fledgling (Hall Family Chronicles, Book 4) Paperback – January 22, 2002

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Langston's superbly told story leaves an echo that is at once touching and challenging."--Ala Booklist

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A Newbery Honor Book
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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (January 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064401219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064401210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
This book is so fantastic. It has all the qualities I consider appealing to non-committal fantasy readers. A young girl searching for something, a goose prince, a magic present and some characters that oppose all that the main character does. Georgie is a young girl who is a little out of the loop of day to day life, seeing as how she lives near a place called Walden pond, this is no surprise. Georgie starts believing that she can fly and actually injures herself a couple of times. Truth be told she really can with her goose prince who seems to have been drawn to Georgie. There is an awful lady who lives next door. She plants shrubbery with thorns on them to keep children out of her yard. She has seen Georgie flying and opposes this very much. This story becomes a tumult between nature and man , childhood beliefs and adulthood notions. I would highly recommend this book to any age person. In the begiining of the book there is a quote from Thoureau's Walden to bring the natural connection to this book even closer. There is more here than meets the eye.
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My daughter and I just finished reading this book together a little over a week ago.
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.
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The Fledgling is truly amazing! I think that every book is unique in its own way, and this book is definately in my top ten favorite book list. This book is so wonderful that it makes you feel as if you could talk to geese and fly, but only while you're reading it, and that's why it's great. This book is so amazing and wonderful. My friends say that this book is ha ha funny because this girl (Georgie) talks to a goose,flies with a goose, and keeps hurting herself because she jumps of a staircase thinking she can fly. I must admit that at some points it was funny, but I like books that make you laugh. ...it's my #5 favorite book, and that's not bad. So I truly truly truly recomend this book.
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A Kid's Review on June 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Fledgling
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.
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