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Jane On Her Own: A Catwings Hardcover – Mar 1 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (March 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531301338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531301333
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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 freedomthese 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) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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IT WAS A WARM AFTERNOON, and the six cats of Overhill Farm were lying about the barnyard, snoozing and talking, yawning at butterflies, purring in the sun. Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
Jane On her Own, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is a marvelous and imaginative story about a cat with wings named Jane. Jane lives on a farm with other winged cats. The elder cats caution her about the danger of being a winged cat and traveling away from the farm. "Being different is difficult." Just the same, Jane is young and wants to have adventures so she flies off to the city anyway. Upon arriving in the city Jane meets a nice man who nonetheless wants to profit off of her uniqueness. The man keeps Jane against her will, making her a television sensation. Later, after Jane escapes the man, she finds her mother and takes up permanent residence with a kindly old woman. In the end Jane learns the value of freedom and being unique. Le Guin's writing is simple and beautifully understated. The illustrations by S.D. Schindler are wonderful and evocative. I loved Jane
On her Own and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
Preston McClear
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This is a charming story. S. D. Schindler's illustrations are fabulous - the cats live and move - and Ursula LeGuin's characterisations are spot on too. Jane, one of the Catwings, gets bored with her quiet life on the farm and decides to have "adventures." Unfortunately she falls in with a guy who, while seeming to love her, keeps her locked up and performing tricks for television cameras.
This story is a wonderful fantasy for cat lovers of all ages. The moral (if you need a little medicine in your sugar) is that if you really love someone, you'll give them their freedom.
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By A Customer on Jan. 12 2000
Format: Hardcover
This one was about a cat with wings who goes on a journey to find her mother. Not quite as good as Catwings. Has good color illustrations and I would recommend it to the 1st through the 4th grade.
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By A Customer on Jan. 12 2003
Format: Paperback
In this book, Jane flies away from Harriet, James, Thelma and Roger and finds a man named Poppa. It is a quick five chapter book. I really liked it. I read it for my second grade reading class.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Imaginative and Charming Story May 29 2003
By Preston McClear, Author The Boy Under the Bed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jane On her Own, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is a marvelous and imaginative story about a cat with wings named Jane. Jane lives on a farm with other winged cats. The elder cats caution her about the danger of being a winged cat and traveling away from the farm. "Being different is difficult." Just the same, Jane is young and wants to have adventures so she flies off to the city anyway. Upon arriving in the city Jane meets a nice man who nonetheless wants to profit off of her uniqueness. The man keeps Jane against her will, making her a television sensation. Later, after Jane escapes the man, she finds her mother and takes up permanent residence with a kindly old woman. In the end Jane learns the value of freedom and being unique. Le Guin's writing is simple and beautifully understated. The illustrations by S.D. Schindler are wonderful and evocative. I loved Jane
On her Own and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
Preston McClear
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jane On Her Own Nov. 21 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jane On Her Own is a book about six cats that all have wings except one. There mother did not have wings. Jane was the youngest out of Thelma, Roger, Harriet, James, and their friend Alexander Furby. Jane got sick of the old farm and traveled to the big city. She met a man named Poppa. He kept her in cages and made her do tricks for strange people. Finally, Jane escaped and went to see her mother who also lived in the city. That night she squeezed though the window and got on the bed and layed next to her mom Mrs. Tabby. The next morning Sarah Wolf, the owner of Mrs. Tabby, woke up to see a beautiful black cat with wings. She was very nice to Jane. Sarah even left the window open in case if Jane wanted to leave. Jane would sometimes leave and go see Alexander Furby and have long chats and then fly back to the city. Jane Became a free cat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jane on her own Aug. 6 2000
By Kathleen Cobcroft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming story. S. D. Schindler's illustrations are fabulous - the cats live and move - and Ursula LeGuin's characterisations are spot on too. Jane, one of the Catwings, gets bored with her quiet life on the farm and decides to have "adventures." Unfortunately she falls in with a guy who, while seeming to love her, keeps her locked up and performing tricks for television cameras.
This story is a wonderful fantasy for cat lovers of all ages. The moral (if you need a little medicine in your sugar) is that if you really love someone, you'll give them their freedom.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best catwings story yet! March 8 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jane on Her own is a precious story. It's about a young cat that ventures into the city in search of a friend. It's a very sweet story -- I strongly suggest it to any reader 2nd-5th grades.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jane On Her Own Nov. 21 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jane On Her Own is a book about six cats that all have wings except one. There mother did not have wings. Jane was the youngest out of Thelma, Roger, Harriet, James, and their friend Alexander Furby. Jane got sick of the old farm and traveled to the big city. She met a man named Poppa. He kept her in cages and made her do tricks for strange people. Finally, Jane escaped and went to see her mother who also lived in the city. That night she squeezed though the window and got on the bed and layed next to her mom Mrs. Tabby. The next morning Sarah Wolf, the owner of Mrs. Tabby, woke up to see a beautiful black cat with wings. She was very nice to Jane. Sarah even left the window open in case if Jane wanted to leave. Jane would sometimes leave and go see Alexander Furby and have long chats and then fly back to the city. Jane Became a free cat.


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