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Prince of the Birds
     

Prince of the Birds

by Amanda Hall
 

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A Moorish prince and a beautiful princess...a magic horse and a dusty rug...a dove, an owl and a parrot. Inspired by the wise, witty language of birds, a poetic young man journeys over the high mountains and triumphs in a tournament using ancient magic but can he find happiness in his quest for love? Amanda Hall's sparkling Moorish fantasy has been adapted from a

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A Moorish prince and a beautiful princess...a magic horse and a dusty rug...a dove, an owl and a parrot. Inspired by the wise, witty language of birds, a poetic young man journeys over the high mountains and triumphs in a tournament using ancient magic but can he find happiness in his quest for love? Amanda Hall's sparkling Moorish fantasy has been adapted from a story written by Washington Irving.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-When Prince Ahmed is born in Granada, royal astrologers predict that love will put him in great danger, so his father locks him away in a high tower where he can hear nothing about "mysteries of the heart." Mastering the language of birds, Ahmed learns about the joys and sorrows of love from a wounded dove, who also suggests an object for his affection: a Princess locked in a faraway tower surrounded by mountains. The dove carries a letter; the reply emboldens Prince Ahmed to escape. Assisted by a wise owl and a witty parrot, he eventually finds his beloved, wins her hand in a tournament, and carries her off on a flying carpet. Hall acknowledges the source for this adaptation, Washington Irving's Legend of Prince Ahmed al Kamel; or, The Pilgrim of Love, from Alhambra (1832), a collection of stories and sketches written while Irving lived in the old Moorish palace in Granada. The decorative, polished art in refined and subtle colors suggests the vibrant multicultural era when medieval Spain was partially ruled by Muslims, but the text excises the historical context that enlivened Irving's tale. For example, he tells readers that the Prince was Muslim, the Princess Christian, and that their marriage almost caused a war, averted through the power of love. While handsome, the illustrations do not compensate for what is lost when Irving's rich, detailed, often ironic prose is reduced.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hall's story follows its inspiration, Washington Irving's tale of the Pilgrim of Love from his Alhambra, and uses some familiar fairytale tropes. In the kingdom of Granada in Spain, Prince Ahmed's parents keep him locked in a tower to save him from the peril of love. Whiling away his days, Ahmed learns the language of birds, and a dove tells him that in a distant land in another tower a princess longs for him. Ahmed escapes his tower by unwinding his turban and climbing down it; an owl suggests traveling to Seville. There, a parrot sends him to Toledo, where Ahmed and the owl win a joust and with a magic rug sweep the princess away. The prince and princess become king and queen of Granada. Illustrations in a dry but decorative style take from modern design as well as Moorish pattern. Trimming Irving's elaborate language, Hall's version is still colorful and slightly exotic, and much more suited to its younger audience. (Picture book. 4-8)

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ISBN-13:
9781845072810
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.20(d)

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