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Ahmed and the Feather Girl

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Ahmed is a poor orphan boy who lives with a travelling circus, working for cruel Madame Saleem, the circus-owner. But his life is changed when he finds a beautiful egg in the forest, and brings it back to the circus. From the egg hatches a child, a little girl called Aurelia, a child who, as she grows, sprouts soft feathers that turn into wings. But Madame Saleem keeps Aur ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Lincoln Children's Books
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Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: susan wenger
Lovely text and illustrations by Jane Ray
Ahmed is an orphan who lives with a traveling circus.
There are Vardos, mean elderly circus owners, acrobats
and a magically young girl, who show Ahmed the way out
of his very awful existence.
I do love a sweet fairy story.
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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A fairy tale-like story of an orphan boy in the traveling circus who takes care of a girl who is one of the exhibits. He eventually releases her and takes punishment for that. She comes back for him. It shows the power of kindness.
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
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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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.
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.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
saved that dream
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Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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.