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Donna Jo Napoli

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About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli was born on February 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in mathematics, an M.A. in Italian literature, and a Ph.D. in general and romance linguistics from Harvard University. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals, and has received mostrar mais numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. In the area of linguistics, she has authored five books, co-authored six books, edited one book, and co-edited five books. She is also a published poet and co-editor of four volumes of poetry. Her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, was published in 1991. Her other novels include the Zel, Beast, The Wager, Lights on the Nile, Skin, Storm, Hidden, and Dark Shimmer. She is also the author of several picture books including Flamingo Dream, The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions, Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication, The Crossing, A Single Pearl, and Hands and Hearts. She has received several awards including the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award for The Prince of the Pond and the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Donna Jo Napoli

Beast (2000) 839 exemplares
Zel (1996) 794 exemplares
Bound (2004) 753 exemplares
Stones in Water (1997) 752 exemplares
Sirena (1998) 712 exemplares
Daughter of Venice (2002) 529 exemplares
Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale (2007) 513 exemplares
Spinners (1999) 376 exemplares
The Magic Circle (1995) 352 exemplares
Albert (2001) 322 exemplares
The Smile (2008) 268 exemplares
North (2004) 267 exemplares
Three Days (2001) 265 exemplares
The Prince of the Pond (1992) 235 exemplares
The King of Mulberry Street (2005) 230 exemplares
Alligator Bayou (2009) 223 exemplares
Song of the Magdalene (1996) 216 exemplares
Fish Girl (2017) 213 exemplares
Breath (2003) 213 exemplares
The Wager (2010) 160 exemplares
The Bravest Thing (1995) 141 exemplares
Crazy Jack (1999) 123 exemplares
The Great God Pan (2003) 116 exemplares
Dark Shimmer (2015) 98 exemplares
Ugly (2005) 89 exemplares
Mogo, the Third Warthog (2008) 88 exemplares
Fire In The Hills (2006) 82 exemplares
Storm (2014) 67 exemplares
Hunger: A Tale of Courage (2018) 66 exemplares
Friends Everywhere (1713) 61 exemplares
The Crossing (2011) 59 exemplares
Hidden (2014) 59 exemplares
For the Love of Venice (1998) 52 exemplares
Lights on the Nile (2011) 51 exemplares
Linguistics: An Introduction (1996) 46 exemplares
Shark Shock (1994) 46 exemplares
The Earth Shook: A Persian Tale (2009) 43 exemplares
Skin (2013) 41 exemplares
Ready to Dream (2009) 40 exemplares
Little Creatures (1735) 37 exemplares
One Leap Forward (Angelwings #4) (1999) 37 exemplares
Changing Tunes (1998) 36 exemplares
A Single Pearl (2013) 32 exemplares
Playing Games (Angelwings) (2000) 30 exemplares
Syntax: Theory and Problems (1993) 28 exemplares
Flamingo Dream (2002) 27 exemplares
On Her Own (1999) 26 exemplares
No Fair! (Angelwings) (2000) 24 exemplares
How Hungry Are You? (2001) 24 exemplares
Soccer Shock (1991) 24 exemplares
April Flowers (Angelwings, No.7) (2000) 23 exemplares
In a Flash (2021) 22 exemplares
On Guard! (1997) 20 exemplares
Pink Magic (2005) 19 exemplares
Gracie, The Pixie of the Puddle (2004) 19 exemplares
Treasury of Bible Stories (2019) 17 exemplares
Bobby the Bold (2006) 15 exemplares
Rocky: The Cat Who Barks (2002) 14 exemplares
Trouble On The Tracks (1996) 10 exemplares
Hero of Barletta, The (1988) 9 exemplares
Happy Holidays (Angelwings) (2000) 7 exemplares
Shelley Shock (2000) 6 exemplares
New Voices (Aladdin Angelwings) (2000) 5 exemplares
Hotel Jungle (2004) 5 exemplares
Partners (2001) 5 exemplares
Syntactic Argumentation (1979) 5 exemplares
Hang in There (2001) 4 exemplares
Linguistic muse (1979) 2 exemplares
Hacia El Norte (2005) 1 exemplar
Angelwing 1 exemplar
The Bravest Thing 1 exemplar
Presente Mágico (2006) 1 exemplar
Books 1 exemplar
Angelwings 1 exemplar
Three Teen-Ages (2003) 1 exemplar

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I have mixed feelings for this book; on the one hand the story moves along at a good pace and you can see Xing Xing's life (how she is able to draw small comfort from just being called her name, how strongly she believes in the spirits of her father and mother, her stepmother's disdain) and you are given a very detailed accounting of what life could have been like back then. From Xing Xing's unwavering sense of duty to Wei Ping's selfishness and self-delusions and to Stepmother's (who is given no other name) obvious abuse of Xing Xing as a punishment for her husband caring for her more.

My main concern was the quick way that Xing Xing gains her confidence (in herself and trusting the future). The book isn't very long, but up until the last quarter of the book she accepts her fate, does her best to make the most of things and doesn't resent anyone. Indeed if her Stepmother hadn't done something so heinous, I doubt she would have spoken up for herself at all. Which is a crying shame because Xing Xing in the last five pages is very interesting!

The book however, like Napoli's other fairy tale retellings, offers a different look at what has been done to death. A fish as a 'fairy godmother', bibbity-boppity-boo indeed.
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lexilewords | 47 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
Hm....hmmm. "I control the fish girl" Neptune the fisherman proclaims to an unsuspecting crowd of visitors, visitors of his magnificent aquarium of untold treasures. The most valuable one is an adolescent mermaid who can't talk. An adolescent mermaid who was raised by a man that calls her his treasure. No she doesn't get a name. She gets to be his pet, his main attraction. This book is disturbingly normal. It reminds me of a fable or fairy tale meant to be a cautionary tale, but ironically most people find it more entertaining than scary. You have a grown-ass man build a whole aquarium to house a kidnapped mermaid. He tells her stories about her people as payment for going along with his rouse. She plays hide and seek with the guest,making sure they don't see her. They drop coins into the tank and she collects them. Everybody wins! But there is trouble in the horizon when he finds out about her only human friend, Livia. Who tries to tell her mom, but is promptly ignored. Mira, the name Lucia assigns to her knew friend is tired of being imprisoned and ventures out and discovers she wants to be apart of the human… (mais)
OnniAdda | 18 outras críticas | Nov 22, 2023 |
This is the retelling of Hansel and Gretel from the viewpoint of the wicked witch. She is simply called Ugly One in Magic Circle. She may be ugly but Napoli wants you to think she has a good heart. Ugly One starts off as a loving single parent to a daughter named Asa and works as a healer blessed with magic powers. She is able to bring sick people back to health and dangerous pregnancies back from the brink of death. Her reputation as a sorceress borders on evil because with great powers comes temptations and an easy fall from grace. When the Ugly One starts accumulating gems and jewels as payment for her services, greed sets in. All she can see is her daughter clothed in wealth; "diamonds on the soles of her shoes." Blinded by a gem, she makes a deal with the devil and her fate is at once sealed. She becomes a true witch who cannot bleed or cry; banished to live in the deep woods as a hermit and destine to eat small children. Enter Hansel and Gretel. Are they Asa's children?
As an aside, the number nine seems to be important. Peter reads to the Ugly One for nine years and the Ugly One lives alone in her sugar cottage for nine years before Hansel and Gretel come along. I am sure there is religious significance with the number nine.
As another aside, the character of Bala reminded me of Iago. I never knew if I could trust her even though the Ugly One called her a friend.
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SeriousGrace | 12 outras críticas | Aug 6, 2023 |



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