David and the Phoenix

David and the Phoenix

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by Edward Ormondroyd
     
 

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With a tremendous surge of its wings, the Phoenix managed to seize a branch. David's legs 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 determinded 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 legs 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 determinded to get into shape so that David's education for Life can proceed.

And get into shape the fabulous bird does just as they conclude their first successful (and very scary) adventure, the Scientist 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...

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932076134
Publisher:
Fullcast Audio
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

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 (born 1925) is an American author of children's books. He is best known for David and the Phoenix, a fantasy novel. His time travel novel Time at the Top was filmed for television in 1999. Ormondroyd was born Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania and grew up in Pennsylvania and Michigan before serving two years on a destroyer escort in World War II. After the war he attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a Bachelor's degree in English and a masters in Library Science. In 1970 he moved from Berkeley to Newfield, a small town west of Ithaca, New York. He currently lives in Trumansburg, New York, just north of Ithaca.

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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.