David and the Phoenix

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With a tremendous surge of its wings, the Phoenix managed to seize a branch. David's leg slipped from the bird's back, and he dangled over the abyss.

Thus ends the near-disaster of their first flight together. But don't underestimate the Phoenix! Failure only makes David's new-found friend determined to get into shape so that David's education for Life can proceed. And get ...

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Overview

With a tremendous surge of its wings, the Phoenix managed to seize a branch. David's leg slipped from the bird's back, and he dangled over the abyss.

Thus ends the near-disaster of their first flight together. But don't underestimate the Phoenix! Failure only makes David's new-found friend determined to get into shape so that David's education for Life can proceed. And get into shape the fabulous bird does, with a lot of effort. But just as they conclude their first successful (and very scary) adventure, the Scientists appears.

Don't underestimate the Scientist, either. He is just as stubborn as the Phoenix, and is driven by one obsession: to become famous by capturing the mythic bird. And if his traps don't work, he is fully prepared to shoot the Phoenix...

This 1957 classic is the only edition authorized by Edward Ormondroyd, including a foreword which he also wrote. Fully illustrated with the original drawings by Joan Raysor.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Edward Ormondroyd has written a stimulating, ageless story. It combines beautiful writing, topnotch adventure, and enchanting fantasy.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Edward Ormondroyd's 20-year-old fantasy title (Purple House Press, 2nd ed., 2001) makes a welcome re-appearance in this full-cast recorded version. He narrates it himself, bringing a lively interpretation to his words thanks to an energetic and touching reading. Young Galen Druke reads the part of David, providing a terrific feel for the awe-struck child who desperately wants his novel education to continue with his secret friend, the Phoenix. From their hidden mountain ledge, they launch visits to a Banshee, a Griffon, and other fantastic beings while plotting to avoid discovery by a scientist who wants to kill and study the Phoenix. But as the Phoenix's 500th birthday approaches, he begins to build a huge nest of twigs and branches without quite knowing why. When he and David both realize what is happening, their anguish and sense of loss is apparent. Yet the story ends on a hopeful and even triumphant note of renewal. The recording offers listeners a fine opportunity to become acquainted with this winsome fantasy, perfect for independent or family listening. Classroom use with younger students would provide a great introduction to longer tales from the fantasy genre. School and public libraries will want this for their patrons looking for such offerings.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Chicago Tribune
Just as the mountain said to David, we say to you, "Come along and climb!" Soar, with the aid of the mysterious Phoenix, to fabulous adventure with folks that never were - or always are, depending on your viewpoint. See a magic witch, in her cave, brew a wail; meet the Banshee of Mare's Nest Wood! By the way, do you know the difference between gryffin, gryffon and gryffen? Nor did David. David learned fascinating facts as a preparation for Life, while he helped friend Phoenix escape the serious Scientist.

Edward Ormondroyd has written a stimulating, ageless story. It combines beautiful writing, topnotch adventure, and enchanting fantasy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930900585
  • Publisher: Purple House Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 542,112
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.55 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Ormondroyd grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. During WWII he served onboard a destroyer escort, participating in the invasions of Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

After the war he attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a bachelor's degree in English. Later he went back for a master's degree in library science.

He lived in Berkely for 25 years, working at various jobs while he wrote children's books. He and his wife Joan moved to upstate New York in 1970. They live in the country near Ithaca, in a house designed and partly built by Edward. Their seven children are all grown and independent. They have two grandsons and a granddaughter. Edward's interests include studying piano, gardening, books, birds, flowers (wild and tame), and listening to classical music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    great

    bought it with my monthly10$ was not disapointed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    awesome book

    This is a great book and i would recommend this to anyone especially people who like books that have magic in it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    ON One of my favorite childhood books

    David and the Phoenix is a great book about a young boy who finds a very wise Phoenix. David and the phoenix go on many adventures together in this wonderful story. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    A Children's Classic and A Wonderful Story

    I also had one of the early editions of this book and I remember my father reading it to me when I was very small. I loved this heart-warming story and I know other children will as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    Thanks for reprinting David and the Phoenix

    Our friends have been searching the book stores for years. I ordered 6 copies this spring for gifts. Why not display this book in your stores with the Harry Potter and Tolken books? This classic introduced this reader to Griffins,trolls,dragons and other magical creatures many years ago. A rare treasure from generation to generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    A wonderful, fanciful, adventure.

    This was my favorite book as a child.I am thrilled that it has been reprinted, so my grandchildren can now read it. Of course, I had to read it again ...and again the Phoenix carried me away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    A great story is back!

    David goes on many adventuresome flights with the Phoenix, while avoiding the meddlesome Scientist. Great fantasy for children, it's good, clean fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    A GREAT story for all ages.

    This is a wonderful story! A story of adventure, friendship with wonderful insights into such things as the differences between griffins, griffons and griffuns;-) Only disappointment was my version of the e-book did not include the illustrations:-( Still, it will be enjoyed, even loved, by readers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    TI ALL HERE HELP

    There is a hurt pegasus in res one

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    Posted February 4, 2013

    I IS LOCKED OUT

    Of res one.

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    Posted February 11, 2013

    Kate

    Sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly recommend for reading to kids, but adults will also enjoy

    I found out about this book from David Weber's At All Costs and thought it sounded good. I had trouble finding it in print and almost gave up on finding it. I thouroughly enjoyed reading it and have started to read it to my 2year old daughter even though she doesn't understand a lot of it yet. I think most people will enjoy it even though there is a moral and the ending is somewhat sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Still loving classic books!

    I still have the 1958 edition of this book that was given to me as a child and was earlier owned by my aunt. Although it's old, it still reads like a new book. Now I can see where some of Harry Potter came from. This is the kind of book that a child with imagination can grow with and excell. My six-year-old loves it and can't stop asking questions about mythological beasts. We all love it!

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