JANE ON HER OWN by Ursula K. Le Guin

JANE ON HER OWN

A Catwings Tale
Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Feeling the need to stretch her wings, young Jane leaves her feline Overlook Farm family to fly back to the city where she was born. There she discovers the truth of her sister Thelma’s warning that “being different is difficult and sometimes very dangerous,” when a man named Poppa treats her like royalty, but traps her by closing the window. As in the three previous Catwings books (Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings, 1994, etc.), Le Guin’s winged creatures are more cat than bird in behavior and outlook: Jane’s sinuous grace comes through clearly in Schindler’s small, precise paintings. Patiently awaiting her chance, Jane at last slips out an open door, to settle down comfortably with her doting mother, in the apartment of gray-haired Sarah, a different sort of human who, instead of closing the window, opens it wider. Wanderlust, leaving home, the meaning of freedom—these are big themes for such a small book, but the author handles them with the ease of long practice, and the illustrations are just the right mix of the exotic and the familiar. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-531-30133-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Orchard
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 1999




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