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Title:
Jane on her own : a catwings tale
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
42 pages ; 19 cm
Summary:
When Jane, a cat with wings, leaves the safety of her farm to explore the world, she falls into the hands of a man who keeps her prisoner and exploits her for money.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.9 0.5 35835.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.8 3 Quiz: 21673 Guided reading level: N.
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ISBN:
9780531301333

9780531331330
Format :
Book

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Summary

When Jane, a cat with wings, leaves the safety of her farm to explore the world, she falls into the hands of a man who keeps her prisoner and exploits her for money. Full-color illustrations.


Author Notes

S. D. Schindler is the popular illustrator of many bestselling picture books, including How Santa Got His Job, Big Pumpkin, the Math Start title Betcha!, and the 2005 Newbery Honor Book Whittington.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. The fourth volume in the Catwings series, this short chapter book features Jane, one of the winged cats, leaving the safety and isolation of Overhill Farm to fly away to the city seeking adventures and friends. Lonely Jane flies into a man's apartment. Although he treats her kindly, he arranges for Jane to appear on television shows and keeps his windows shut so that she cannot fly away. But Jane escapes, seeks out her mother, and decides to stay and live with her mother's friend, an understanding elderly lady. Written with a consistently catlike point of view, this simple story explores themes of loneliness, belonging, and freedom. The pleasing precision of the writing finds visual expression in S.D. Schindler's sensitive ink drawings, tinted with delicate watercolor washes. Another winning story in a series that successfully combines fantasy and reality. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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