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 top attraction at the circus. Ahmed knows he must free Aurelia, but when he does so Madame Saleem takes revenge and makes his life impossible. Is all hope lost for Ahmed? Then one night Aurelia comes to him in a dream and brings him a feather . . . Composed of dreams and memories — and packed with evocative full-color illustrations — this fantastic tale of magic, enchantment, and freedom is the latest triumph from a master storyteller and illustrator of children's books.
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Jane Ray's distinctive style has established her as a highly successful artist both for her paintings and her wrapping paper and cards. Increasingly well known as an illustrator, her picture books have attracted enormous attention around the world. The illustrator of Ahmed and the Feather Girl, she lives in London.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2–4—Ahmed, an orphan who travels with the circus owned by cruel Madame Saleem, finds a golden egg one winter while gathering firewood. He carefully builds a nest and places the egg near a fire, but Madame snatches it away and locks it in a cage. Ahmed watches the egg, which hatches a beautiful, singing girl whom the circus people name Aurelia. Madame Saleem keeps her locked away, puts her on display, and collects much money from the people who come to see and hear her. Every night, after Ahmed finishes his chores, he sleeps next to Aurelia's cage. She has sprouted feathery wings, and in the summer he senses her unhappiness and longing to fly. When she stops singing altogether, Ahmed steals the key and releases her. He dreams that Aurelia visits him and gives him a soft feather each night, and finds one each morning. Finally he has enough feathers for a cloak, and on a cold, snowy night, he and Aurelia fly away. Told in captivating language, this modern fairy tale has all the elements of a classic. Illustrated in watercolor and collage, the folk-art paintings beautifully convey Ahmed's servitude, Aurelia's magic, and the bond of their friendship.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
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