The Resource Ahmed and the feather girl, Jane Ray

Ahmed and the feather girl, Jane Ray

Label
Ahmed and the feather girl
Title
Ahmed and the feather girl
Statement of responsibility
Jane Ray
Creator
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ahmed, an orphan working long hours with a traveling circus, finds a golden egg in the forest, which hatches into a beautiful girl, and Ahmed must save her from being exploited by the cruel circus owner, Madame Saleem
Review
  • Grades K-3 Ray presents an original fairy tale that uses some familiar conventions: an orphan child, a mysterious stranger, and a transformative experience. Ahmed lives with a traveling circus in which Madame Saleem, the cruel owner, makes the boy work to exhaustion. One cold day, Ahmed finds a golden egg in the forest, and Madame Saleem promptly puts it in a cage. When spring comes, out hatches a beautiful child from the egg. What could be a better circus attraction? Kept in the cage and gawked at by an audience, Aurelia longs to fly away. Ahmed bravely steals the key hidden under Madame’s pillow and helps her escape. Madame is furious, but afterward in Ahmed’s dreams, Aurelia sends her feathers to him. Soon there’s enough for a feather cloak that allows him to fly to Aurelia. The moving story, layered with magical moments, is truly expressed in Ray’s triumphant art. With her signature mix of patterning, collage, and golden flourishes, the spreads have much to look at. A lovely addition to the folklore shelves. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 12-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 107, number 7, p61)
  • Gr 2 – 4 — Ahmed, an orphan who travels with the circus owned by cruel Madame Saleem, finds a golden egg one winter while gathering firewood. He carefully builds a nest and places the egg near a fire, but Madame snatches it away and locks it in a cage. Ahmed watches the egg, which hatches a beautiful, singing girl whom the circus people name Aurelia. Madame Saleem keeps her locked away, puts her on display, and collects much money from the people who come to see and hear her. Every night, after Ahmed finishes his chores, he sleeps next to Aurelia's cage. She has sprouted feathery wings, and in the summer he senses her unhappiness and longing to fly. When she stops singing altogether, Ahmed steals the key and releases her. He dreams that Aurelia visits him and gives him a soft feather each night, and finds one each morning. Finally he has enough feathers for a cloak, and on a cold, snowy night, he and Aurelia fly away. Told in captivating language, this modern fairy tale has all the elements of a classic. Illustrated in watercolor and collage, the folk-art paintings beautifully convey Ahmed's servitude, Aurelia's magic, and the bond of their friendship.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD --Julie R. Ranelli (Reviewed January 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 1, p82)
  • In an unknown country and time, an orphaned boy named Ahmed must work as a helper in mean Madame Saleem's traveling circus. While gathering firewood in cold woods, he discovers a golden egg. From it hatches a feather girl, a wondrous, birdlike creature, who brings in many ticket buyers. Seeing Aurelia's unhappiness, he allows her to escape but is left with even more work heaped upon him by his cruel taskmaster. Every night she visits him in a dream and leaves him a feather, and many months later Aurelia finds a way to free him, too. The intensely colorful watercolor-and-collage illustrations portray a circus company and its attendees with a mixture of European, Middle Eastern and South Asian faces and clothing. The motif of the half-human/half-bird creature bears similarities to the Japanese story of "The Crane Wife" and other animal transformation tales. While not as vibrant a story as the Ray's The Apple-Pip Princess (2008), this more delicate tale of love and freedom in the skies will appeal to readers seeking new happily-ever-after stories. Magically uplifting and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
375763
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ray, Jane
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD660L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
4.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Circus
  • Orphans
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Ahmed and the feather girl, Jane Ray
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781845079888
Lccn
bl2010017376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Ahmed and the feather girl, Jane Ray
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781845079888
Lccn
bl2010017376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

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