Jane on Her Own (Catwings Series #4)
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Jane on Her Own (Catwings Series #4)

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by Ursula K. Le Guin, S. D. Schindler
     
 

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Jane, the youngest of the catwings, goes looking for adventure in the big city and captured!

Longing for adventure, Jane, the youngest of the catwings, flies to the city on her own. When she flies through the window of a man who feeds here, she is suddenly captured, and finds herself making appearances as Miss Mystery, the fabulous winged cat! Realizing that

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Jane, the youngest of the catwings, goes looking for adventure in the big city and captured!

Longing for adventure, Jane, the youngest of the catwings, flies to the city on her own. When she flies through the window of a man who feeds here, she is suddenly captured, and finds herself making appearances as Miss Mystery, the fabulous winged cat! Realizing that being independent is much more dangerous than she thought, Jane plots her escape and hopes to reunite with her mother.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna T. Brumby
Le Guin's latest entry in her "Catwings" titles makes a agreeable introduction to fantasy as a literary genre, but its assumptions from previous stories mean that it does not make the best starting point for the "Catwings" saga. In this small format chapter book, with picturesque illustrations by Schindler, we follow the explorations and escapades of restless Jane II, a handsome black cat with wings. In this short tale, of a good length to be shared aloud, Jane is tired of hiding on Alexander's farm with her siblings, and, despite dire warnings of capture and cages, ventures to the city in search of adventures. Here circumstances transform plain Jane into Miss Mystery, the Flying Black Shadow of the City Night. Although a bit predictable for older readers, Le Guin's story line will be enjoyed by young readers, especially those already in love with cats. The author's ability to create empathy and understanding rewards fans with another good example of her work.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Jane, the youngest of the Catwings felines, hungers for adventure. Life on the farm is just too boring, so she takes flight, ignoring her siblings' warnings that the world is dangerous. Jane enjoys her journey though she finds life away from home less than hospitable. One day she flies through a window into the apartment of a man who feeds her. But, as kind as he is to her, he also sees an opportunity to profit from her unique anatomy. He names her Miss Mystery and soon Jane is a television star-trapped indoors, surrounded by cameras and strangers. Unhappy, she eventually escapes and searches for her mother, who lives in the city. Once found, she and her mother live with a kind old woman who understands Jane's need for a home as well as her freedom. Le Guin's simple text creates a gentle picture of the animal and her world. Schindler's charming, pen-and-ink drawings, filled with colored washes, complement the story, making the marvelous winged cats perfectly believable. Beginning readers and young fantasy lovers will enjoy this satisfying, imaginative tale.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Feeling the need to stretch her wings, young Jane leaves her feline Overlook Farm family to fly back to the city where she was born. There she discovers the truth of her sister Thelma's warning that "being different is difficult and sometimes very dangerous," when a man named Poppa treats her like royalty, but traps her by closing the window. As in the three previous Catwings books (Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings, 1994, etc.), Le Guin's winged creatures are more cat than bird in behavior and outlook: Jane's sinuous grace comes through clearly in Schindler's small, precise paintings. Patiently awaiting her chance, Jane at last slips out an open door, to settle down comfortably with her doting mother, in the apartment of gray-haired Sarah, a different sort of human who, instead of closing the window, opens it wider. Wanderlust, leaving home, the meaning of freedom-these are big themes for such a small book, but the author handles them with the ease of long practice, and the illustrations are just the right mix of the exotic and the familiar. (Fiction. 7-10) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439551922
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Series:
Catwings Series, #4
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
111,887
Product dimensions:
4.82(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Ursula Le Guin writes both poetry and prose, and in various modes including children's books, YA books, fantasy, science fiction and fiction. She is the author of the bestselling and award winning CATWINGS series. Three of Le Guin's titles have been finalists for The American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and among the many honors her writing has received are a National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, and The Margaret A. Edwards Award. She lives in Oregon.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1929
Place of Birth:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952
Website:
http://www.ursulakleguin.com

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Jane on Her Own 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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My 7 year old daughter started with the first two books, and read them in a day, and couldn't wait for the next two to arrive! Jane on Her Own was her favorite!