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Rather, intense Georgie is the innocent child in love with sweet nature but not preciously so. She longs to fly, and the goose teaches her how--at Walden Pond, no less. Some stories, in focusing on a child as the main character of the story, too often either move the parents off the scene of action or dumb all the adults down to oblivious unintelligence. However, it is precisely the attentiveness and involvement of the people close to Georgie which make for such a good story — so that every dialogue and interaction reveals a homely, loyal, and close-knit family.

The one time I became skeptical was when the Goose Prince started talking and Georgie could understand and talk back. Yet, I found even that perfectly handled, done so simply and naturally I soon stopped even questioning it. Their friendship was beautiful and caused the ending of the book to be both poignant and inspiring.

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May 21, Gale rated it liked it. Chalk up yet another book in the Kid and Bird category! Eight-year-old Georgie is small and spindly for her age; she looks much younger and even insists that she can fly! Her attempts using the stairs to launch her slender frame into space cause her family mother, step-father and half siblings great concern--enough to lead the teenagers to privately form the Georgie Protection Society. When a flock of migrating Canadian geese takes up temporary residence at Walden Pond, she feels an unexplained but special affinity with an old, single gander.

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The proud loner spots her red hair and tries to make friendly contact with one of humankind's most receptive ambassadors. In her own childish mind she names him the Goose Prince. But other eyes and spying and prying into their private dream world: Her boss at the bank, Mr. Ralph Preek, is even worse; he wages an unreasonable but deadly vendetta against the old goose, who is not only harmless, but seems to want to bestow a special gift upon this unqiue child. Will this little girl really be able to fly, or is it just a a hallucination: Can profit be made if she turns out to be some kind of levitating saint?

And just what is the unique present which the old goose finds, to later share with his flying companion? A curious fantasy for young readers, who will actually learn something about Henry David Thoreau, who immortalized Concord's Walden Pond. I welcome dialogue with teachers. Jul 02, Colton rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Fledgling is a fairy tale for modern children. The story is fairly simple - an outcast little girl meets a magical goose who teaches her how to fly. It manages to be cute, but not cutesy. Jane Langton did not try to dumb down this story for younger readers, either.

There are some very mature themes woven in here, like the sadness of growing up and the reality of feeling disconnected from friends and family. The writing is very well-done and beautiful at times. The characters were introduced The Fledgling is a fairy tale for modern children. The characters were introduced in previous books I had not read, but this book stands on it's own very easily.

The villains of the book did seem a bit ridiculous in the lengths they were willing to go to, but their actions were based on character flaws that were introduced at the beginning of the book. Their wackiness contrasted heavily with the mythical serenity of the rest of the book, but it was nothing too problematic.

The setting of Walden Pond will probably resonate a little better if the reader understands the story of Henry David Thoreau, but it's not totally necessary. The relationship of the girl, Georgie, and the goose is sweet, almost Disney-like in nature. The ending showcases how Georgie has grown as a person and is probably a good setup for the rest of this series. All in all, this is one of those books that transcends it's category. It's really a great little story for anyone. Kids will appreciate the flying and relate to the young main character, while adults can recognize the cultural significance of Thoreau's legacy and be enchanted by a magical little tale that manages to balance it's sweetness with a good dose of reality.

May 28, Spencer rated it really liked it. The way this book is written makes it seems to be realistic fiction. The events in the story make it seem to be pure fiction. But the point of the book is not to be pure fiction. At least it seemed to me that the point was to remind us what it was like to be a child. This book brings back the vaguest and most distant memories from childhood - the ones where we had experiences like Georgie does in the book.

I quite enjoyed the characters of Uncle Freddy poor guy The story was straightforward and it is an easy read, but it still felt surreal the whole time, kind of like a distant memory. I would recommend this book. Dec 16, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: Georgie lives in Concord, Mass. This is a story of a child's wish to fly, her connection with animals in this case a Canada goose , and finally a plea to take good care of the Earth. Jul 24, Audrey Zarr rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite books from when I was younger.

It is also one of the books I own so I can re-read it; which is a rare thing for me. Feb 10, E. This was NOT a book I was expecting to gasp at but The beginning IS a little slow, but I loved this! Feb 24, Rebecca rated it it was amazing.

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A soaring, sobbing, wondrous books about something I literally dream of often. Although I read this book several years ago, I still think about it often. Aug 17, S Blaeske rated it it was ok. Very odd book- still not sure if the author intention was to portray Georgie as just a child with a wild imagination, if supernatural things were really happening, or if Georgie was a child with special needs? I wanted to give up on this book so badly but kept going and found some deep and well written paragraphs later in the book.

Still finished this book just feeling lost and not understanding the authors thinking for the book. I did love this part though- pg How different they are, thought Aunt Alex, Eleanor and Georgie. Georgie is different from Eleanor all the way through, from the inside out.

Why, look at her, right now. Just look at Eleanor!

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Eleanor is all Eleanor! And everything outside Eleanor becomes Eleanor too-sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts! She sucks us all in! Jun 01, Michelle Hansendaberkow rated it really liked it. This is a little dream of a book. A nice little imaginative work with a circle of life and love ending. I might have read this as a child, but I would not have known about Thoreau nor about Walden Pond.

This story is what people could be writing today to inspire others to enhance our thoughts about life. I was sad when the ending was a bit of a twist, and wished more for the main characters. However, the short story that it was had to end in some way. I also like the "whole world" in your hands This is a little dream of a book.

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I also like the "whole world" in your hands type of theme, and the idea that the plastic "Welcome" flowers that "last forever" all cracks and is pointless. Some themes I like from this short story are the ideas that weeding actual plants is worth the effort; and that leaves and acorns are simple gifts; and that favorite places can be something as simple as a shrub in your yard.

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Why are books like this disappearing from our libraries? Age of a book is not a definitive reason to not read a book. Feb 13, Kiwi Carlisle rated it it was ok. The horrible next door neighbor, Miss Prism, mistakes her for a saint and nearly gets her killed. She does get the Goose Prince killed.

Their awkwardness creaks around the shining fantasy passages in which Georgie tries to fly on her own and in which she does fly on gooseback. Too bad that this book has not worn well. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Culturally, her blackness symbolizes her closeness to humans, a trait that is portrayed as desirable for a proper Ina-human relationship. As Shari Evans explains, Shori's amnesia, which the Ina treat like a disability, in fact gives her an advantage. Her memory loss leads her to question her belief in the underlying arrangements forming Ina society that are normally left unchallenged.

In addition, Shori must re-create her relationship to herself and her culture; this gives her an advantage, because she is able to decide what kind of Ina she will become with the support of her symbionts. Unburdened by cultural memory, Shori has the ability to choose what she wants to remember and how she wants to portray herself, using her own sense of morality. Likewise, Pramrod Nayar believes that Shori's loss is what makes her the best of all possible Ina, and therefore a symbol of the future.

Butler proposes that vampires should become less vampiric by attaining more human qualities such as emotional attachments and sense of community. Meanwhile, humans should also lose certain aspects of themselves as well, such as their vulnerability to disease and tendency to be sexually possessive. Only by losing their weak characteristics and gaining stronger ones, the human and vampire species are able to evolve and improve.

Fledgling creates a progressive plan by converting Ina and human into a companionate species through the adoption of qualities of the Other. Fledgling explores the complexities of self-determination through its protagonist's struggle to regain control of her life and through the dependence created by Ina-human symbiosis. Shori is a typical Bildungsroman protagonist who begins with little agency and ends in charge of her life. As Florian Bast argues, Butler's novel is a typical African American narrative where the victim of a racially motivated crime is in a quest for the truth about her former self, about the agony that she has endured, and about her assailants' identity.

By the end of the story, Shori has conquered both her own ignorance and the speciesist discrimination that seeks to define her thanks to her personal strength and the help of her symbionts and Ina family and friends. She is ready to become a full-fledged member of Ina society. In contrast, the symbiotic partnership between Ina and humans challenges traditional ways of thinking about agency, especially because the relationship is hierarchical, with the Ina as the masters of their symbionts. Wright, for example, begins the story as a free agent but his "happily ever after" ending with Shori requires that he give up some of his agency.


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In addition, the agency of both the Ina and the humans is restricted by biological realities, as the addictive relationship created by chemicals in the Ina saliva when they bite their symbionts cannot be undone. For the Ina, this chemical bond means they need to be in constant physical contact with their symbionts. For the symbionts, it means that they are physically dependent on their Ina, as they could die if their Ina dies, and that they are bound to follow their Ina's commands. These complications of agency, Bast argues, mean that Fledgling is "openly asking whether the highest degree of agency is automatically the most desirable state of being or whether there is a higher potential for happiness in choosing a specific kind of dependence".

As she explained in an interview with Allison Keyes, it took her a while to find the focus of the novel until a friend suggested that what vampires wanted, besides human blood, was the ability to walk in the sun. She then decided to create vampires as a separate species and have them engineer the capacity to withstand sunlight by adding human melanin to their DNA. Though Fledgling is unique on its take on what motivates vampires, it is not the first story to have a black vampire as its protagonist.

In the s, the films Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream depicted a black vampire as the nemesis of white supremacists. In the s, the Blade film series, based on a Marvel Comics character, introduced a black human-vampire superhero who can tolerate sunlight. Fledgling received mostly positive feedback. Novelist Junot Diaz declared it his "book of the year", calling it "[a] harrowing meditation on dominance, sex, addiction, miscegenation and race that completely devours the genre which gave rise to it".

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Govan pronounced it "[a]n extremely well-crafted science fiction story Many critics also praised Butler's exploration of innovative and transgressive topics and themes. The New York Times declared Fledgling "a captivating novel that tests the limits of 'otherness' and questions what it means to be truly human. Yet somehow, Butler, with her quiet, spare language, helps us overcome this and many other cross-cultural hurdles in the book. Reviewers also commented favorably on Butler's reinvention of the vampire figure, with Ron Charles of The Washington Post arguing that " Fledgling doesn't just resurrect the pale trappings of vampire lore, it completely transforms them in a startlingly original story about race, family and free will.

Crow noted that "[while] Fledgling may be the least Gothic of Butler's fictions Butler makes unsettling demands of the reader, as always, and we must at the beginning accept as narrator and heroine a vampire whose first act is to kill and eat a man who is trying to help her.


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Even though many found Fledgling ' s plot skillfully rendered and gripping, a few reviewers described the novel as slow-paced and not very engaging. Rob Gates argues that " Fledgling is certainly not a perfect book. The pacing in the second half of the book is quite slow at times, and the dynamics of the Ina trial did not sustain my interest well. The slow pace of the book works with her character-in-progress, but it builds to a climax you see coming midway through. It's the only disappointing thing about Fledgling , which otherwise offers a unique vision of the modern vampire, and a kick-ass heroine to boot.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fledgling Paperback cover of Fledgling. It's a much rarer thing with us, and when it happens, the grief is Milo Silk, to Shori at the Council of Judgment: And you have no more business at this Council than a clever dog!. That felt right, felt good. Wright, to Shori, when she commands him to seek safety for himself and the rest of her symbionts even if it means leaving her in danger: Or is that what you're saying?

Do you love me, Shori, or do I just taste good? If we found the people who had murdered both my male and female families, I wanted to kill them, had to kill them. How else could I keep my new family safe? University of South Florida. USF Scholar Commons, Afrofuturist Feminism In Octavia E. Hybridity in Octavia E.