David and the Phoenix

David and the Phoenix

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by Edward Ormondroyd, Joan Raysor
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930900585
Publisher:
Purple House Press
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
191
Sales rank:
481,235
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

What People are saying about this

Nancy Pearl
The Phoenix leads David on an adventurous journey. (Nancy Pearl, NPR Morning Edition)
Bruce Coville
I adore this book. Rediscovering it was pure delight -- I realized it had had tremendous influence on my own writing.
David Weber
David Weber, New York Times Bestselling Author
Many years ago, a book taught a young boy that imagination and wonder have wings. It was this book -- David and the Phoenix -- and that young boy was me. It was an experience I never plan to recover from.

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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David And The Phoenix 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bought it with my monthly10$ was not disapointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and i would recommend this to anyone especially people who like books that have magic in it!
Lise Mandes Warmuth More than 1 year ago
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.
aebonham More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David goes on many adventuresome flights with the Phoenix, while avoiding the meddlesome Scientist. Great fantasy for children, it's good, clean fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is for the FORMAT of this printing only -- the story is spectacular.  But I ordered the edition pictured and was very disappointed.  It is printed in what looks like a self-published format, in a tiny, tiny 6 pt. font.  I was hoping to be able to use this in my 4th grade classroom, but it is unreadable in this format.  I am returning it and trying to find another version of this terrific book.  
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CJFloyd More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a hurt pegasus in res one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of res one.