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The Fledgling (Hall Family Chronicles, Book 4)

The Fledgling (Hall Family Chronicles, Book 4)
Author: Jane Langton
ISBN 13: 9780064401210
ISBN 10: 64401219
Edition: 1st
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2002-01-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $8.99

At last! I'm Flyyyyyyyyyyying!

It all started when Georgie discovered she could jump down twelve steps in two big, graceful bounds. Next, to her great delight, she found that jumping from the porch and floating as high as the rooftop was possible too. So when the mysterious Canada goose appeared at her window one night, it seemed only natural for Georgie to climb on his back and go off with him to learn to really fly. But no one wants Georgie flying--and one person, that horrible Ralph Preek, will stop at nothing to prevent Georgie's lovely Goose Prince from coming.

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

From the Compact Disc edition.

Children's Literature

Eight-year-old Georgie believes she can fly. The shy, solitary little girl ends up in a heap at the bottom of the stairs after trying, unsuccessfully, to float down. Her worried mother, stepfather, and two step cousins (Eddy and Eleanor) wonder what could possess Georgie to do something so dangerous. As it turns out, a giant Canadian goose takes Georgie under his wing, literally and figuratively. Under the Goose Prince's tutelage, Georgie gradually learns to soar in the skies above Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Georgie's family comes to understand and accept Georgie's magical meetings with the goose, but their blind and meddling neighbors do not. Miss Prawn, who hates children and plants plastic flowers in her garden, convinces herself that Georgie is either a saint or a fairy. Mr. Preek convinces himself the goose is dangerous and buys a shotgun with tragic results. The pure and elemental bond between Georgie and the goose contrasts sharply with the muddled motives and bald ignorance of the adult neighbors. The book is a nicely written love letter to nature, and a sad commentary on mankind's estrangement from it. 2002 (orig. 1980), HarperCollins Publishers, Turner