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Ahmed and the Feather Girl

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Ahmed is a poor orphan who lives with a travelling circus and works for cruel Madame Saleem. His life is changed forever when he finds a beautiful egg in the forest and brings it back to the circus. From the egg hatches a little girl called Aurelia, and as she grows she sprouts soft feathers that turn into wings. So Madame Saleem puts Aurelia in a cage to keep her as the t ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
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Monica Jung
Ray, Jane. Ahmed and the Feather Girl. Frances Lincoln Children's Books. London, 2010.

Target Audience: Grade 1 to Grade 5

This picture book is actually a fairytale and its illustrations are beautiful. The author/illustrator used vibrant colors that are so appealing to the reader. I would almost want to frame some of the pages and hang them on a wall because of their beauty, detail and color. The story is fine but it fell flat at the end. The two main characters fly away together, but where did th
A beautiful book by the wonderful author and illustrator Jane Ray. Ahmed is a circus boy, in a travelling circus run by the cruel and greedy Madame Saleem. One day Ahmed finds a big golden egg in the forest, and when she sees it Madame Saleem locks it in a golden cage. When the egg hatches and a small girl comes out, Madame Saleem is very excited and charges visitors to come and see it.

However, the little girl, Aurelia becomes very sad, locked in the cage, and stops singing. Ahmed rescues her, a
This feels like a folk/fairy tale, with the beguiling setting of a circus (lots of colour, beauty and interesting characters) and the heartbreak of someone kept prisoner. Rich and vibrant.
It's nice to read a really different story, and this one has the magical, other-worldly fairy tale feel. Ahmed is, it appears, part of a circus somewhere in the Middle East. Life is hard until he finds a golden egg in the forest. When a beautiful child hatches from the egg, the evil circus master, Madame Saleem, keeps the child in a cage as an attraction. Ahmed sets her free, and suffers the consequences, but of course in the end, the feather girl helps Ahmed escape, too. Lovely and different - ...more
This beautifully illustrated fairy tale is about Ahmed, an orphan boy who lives with a traveling circus and is mistreated by the cruel old woman who owns the circus. Magic comes into the tale when the boy discovers a golden egg, which hatches into a beautiful bird/girl, Aurelia. Eventually, Anmed and Aurelia escape to the place beyond the stars.
Candace Carr
This book is a fun book to show students a different kind of fairy tale. Students will have fun reading this story because they aren't reading the typical fairy tale and they can see the differences and similarities between different kinds of fairy tales.
The illustrations in this tale are playful and so colorful. Really beautiful. Children who enjoy folktales will enjoy this retelling by Ray. It conveys a variety of emotions and feeling of adventure and risk that make it an appealing read.
Dannielle Buckley
The pictures are absolutely breath-takingly beautiful but the story is rather lacking. If there is a deeper hidden meaning, it is lost on me.
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Born in London, Jane studied art and design at Middlesex University. Her main study was ceramics and she didn't start to illustrate until she left college. Her first published work was a series of greetings cards for Roger la Borde, followed by some book jackets, and eventually black and white illustrations for a poetry anthology with Orchard Books.
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