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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (783 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Langton Narrator: Mary Beth Hurt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hall Family Chronicles Release Date:
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It all started when Georgie, hardly more than a wisp of thistledown, discovered she could jump down twelve steps in two big graceful bounds. Next, to her great delight, she learned that jumping from the porch and floating as high as the rooftop was possible too. So when the mysterious Canada goose came to her window one night it seemed only natural to climb onto his back and go off with him to learn how to really fly.

Jane Langton spins a marvelous fantasy that wild delight all who dream that someday, somehow, we will magically find ourselves aloft and suddenly able to fly!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Grace | 2/12/2014

    " I adored this book as a girl. Excellent, interesting story, with a great setting and development of the character and her family. Just thinking about it makes me want to read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Smith | 2/10/2014

    " Lovely story of Girl who mother's geese born without a mother. Movie made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/7/2014

    " A wonderful book I remember hearing about but never read as a child. While published in the 1980s, the story, which takes place in the idyllic Walden neighborhood in Concord where Henry David Thoreau once lived, seems timeless, like it could have taken place 50 years ago. The setting the author creates for the reader, namely the homes and wildlife reserves of this small Massachusetts town, is simple, cozy, extremely family-oriented, and free of the trappings of technology and the minutae of everyday life. From Georgie's teenage cousin Eleanor sewing her own dress, to her mother making Eleanor's flawed but delicious homemade birthday cake, to the brother-like cousin Eddy, endearing in his devotion to Georgie and his obsession with glow-in-the-dark model rockets, this book reflects the slower pace of a simpler time. Though there are references to television and digital watches in the book, one of the book's quirky and nosy neighbors prefers to write letters and have them sent by messenger (one of the local children) to the intended recipient, which she prefers to using the telephone. All of this is fitting for the pristine Walden setting, complete with a transcendental school of knowledge run by Georgie's mother and her stepfather in the large, rambling gabled house where the family also lives, its dark hall presided over by a marble bust in the knowing likeness of Thoreau himself. From Georgie's bush house - an umbrella of vines and brambles in a small clearing just big enough for her to sit in, where acorns are tea cups and stones are plates and puddings for her tea parties with her corncob doll, "Dollabella", this is a refreshing story about imagination, and the unexpected friendship of an 8-year-old girl who flies off into the night on the back of an elderly Canada goose barefoot, clad in her pajamas and her cousin Eddy's jacket to ward off the evening chill. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lee Anne | 1/23/2014

    " Newbery Honor winner from my teacher's bookshelf before passing it on. Fair tale, rather sad; environmentalist propaganda for 11-yr olds. "

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