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Phoebe and the River Flute

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Phoebe has always cared for the captive birds of the royal garden. Her friend, the prince, often visits her there, and together they dream of exploring the world beyond the kingdom. But when the king dies, the prince leaves his uncle in charge, and sets off alone. As keeper of the birds, Phoebe must remain within the garden's high walls.

Three years pass. A prize bird escapes, but another, the rare River Flute, arrives in the land. Phoebe ...
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Overview

Phoebe has always cared for the captive birds of the royal garden. Her friend, the prince, often visits her there, and together they dream of exploring the world beyond the kingdom. But when the king dies, the prince leaves his uncle in charge, and sets off alone. As keeper of the birds, Phoebe must remain within the garden's high walls.

Three years pass. A prize bird escapes, but another, the rare River Flute, arrives in the land. Phoebe agrees to the uncle's bargain: if she captures the River Flute, she'll gain her freedom. If not, she'll be punished.

Phoebe gladly sets out on her search, but the hardest part of her journey is just beginning.
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Helldorfer and Hess present a magical sort of tale that borders on being a folktale, but really isn't. The combination of text and richly colored detailed illustrations captivate the interest of children and leave them asking for a continuation of the story. The prince loves birds and collects them in his garden. Phoebe, the "keeper of the birds" guards them for her friend, the prince. When the king dies, the prince leaves the palace in the charge of his uncle. One of the prize birds escapes the garden, and Phoebe is imprisoned because of her carelessness. When a rare River Flute is spotted, Phoebe is released to capture it. She meets a hunter who accompanies her on her quest; the hunter, of course, is the prince. The story, however, does not end with the traditional "they lived happily ever after." The unconventional ending lends great appeal to the story. The layout of the text on the illustrations makes the book appealing to both group and individual audiences. Phoebe and the River Flute would enhance any children's collection. 2000, Doubleday, Ages 5 to 9, $15.95. Reviewer: Jenny B. (J. B.) Petty
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Gr 2-5-Phoebe cares for and communicates with the birds in a beautiful garden owned by the king. As children, she and the king's son played together and dreamed of exploring beyond the walls of the garden. Years later, when the king dies, the prince leaves, and Phoebe is imprisoned by the young man's powerful uncle in order to care for the birds. A rare, beautiful bird is discovered in the forest, and she offers to catch the elusive River Flute as a present for the prince when he returns. While searching, she meets a hunter and teaches him to love the birds as she does. Eventually, they capture the River Flute, but she decides to let it go. The hunter, who is actually the prince in disguise, restores his kingdom and offers to marry Phoebe. However, she longs for the same freedom he has given to his birds (he has removed the gates from the garden). She leaves him, but the prince hopes that she will come back, since the freedom to go carries with it the freedom to return. This modern fairy tale is a charming fantasy. The text is both crisp and dreamy. Helldorfer creates a strong story of love, freedom, and choice that will appeal to children, storytellers, and fantasy fans. Hess's stunning, deeply colored stylized drawings are a fine counterpoint to this symbolic story. Not an essential purchase, but a solid addition to any collection.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385323383
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/7/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.73 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

M. C. Helldorfer's previous Doubleday title is Night of the White Stag.

Paul Hess has illustrated many children's books in England.

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