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Donna Jo Napoli

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre


Værker af Donna Jo Napoli

Beast (2000) 840 eksemplarer
Zel (1996) 795 eksemplarer
Stones in Water (1997) 756 eksemplarer
Bound (2004) 753 eksemplarer
Sirena (1998) 712 eksemplarer
Daughter of Venice (2002) 532 eksemplarer
Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale (2007) 513 eksemplarer
Spinners (1999) 376 eksemplarer
The Magic Circle (1995) 352 eksemplarer
Albert (2001) 322 eksemplarer
The Smile (2008) 268 eksemplarer
North (2004) 267 eksemplarer
Three Days (2001) 265 eksemplarer
The Prince of the Pond (1992) 235 eksemplarer
The King of Mulberry Street (2005) 230 eksemplarer
Alligator Bayou (2009) 223 eksemplarer
Song of the Magdalene (1996) 216 eksemplarer
Fish Girl (2017) 213 eksemplarer
Breath (2003) 213 eksemplarer
Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace (1995) 164 eksemplarer
The Wager (2010) 160 eksemplarer
The Bravest Thing (1995) 141 eksemplarer
Crazy Jack (1999) 123 eksemplarer
The Great God Pan (2003) 116 eksemplarer
Dark Shimmer (2015) 98 eksemplarer
Ugly (2005) 89 eksemplarer
Mogo, the Third Warthog (2008) 88 eksemplarer
Fire In The Hills (2006) 82 eksemplarer
Storm (2014) 67 eksemplarer
Hunger: A Tale of Courage (2018) 66 eksemplarer
Friends Everywhere (1713) 61 eksemplarer
The Crossing (2011) 59 eksemplarer
Hidden (2014) 59 eksemplarer
When the Water Closes Over My Head (1994) 57 eksemplarer
For the Love of Venice (1998) 52 eksemplarer
Lights on the Nile (2011) 51 eksemplarer
Linguistics: An Introduction (1996) 46 eksemplarer
Shark Shock (1994) 46 eksemplarer
The Earth Shook: A Persian Tale (2009) 43 eksemplarer
Skin (2013) 41 eksemplarer
Ready to Dream (2009) 40 eksemplarer
Little Creatures (1735) 37 eksemplarer
One Leap Forward (Angelwings #4) (1999) 37 eksemplarer
Changing Tunes (1998) 36 eksemplarer
A Single Pearl (2013) 32 eksemplarer
Playing Games (Angelwings) (2000) 30 eksemplarer
Syntax: Theory and Problems (1993) 28 eksemplarer
Flamingo Dream (2002) 27 eksemplarer
On Her Own (1999) 26 eksemplarer
No Fair! (Angelwings) (2000) 24 eksemplarer
How Hungry Are You? (2001) 24 eksemplarer
Soccer Shock (1991) 24 eksemplarer
April Flowers (Angelwings, No.7) (2000) 23 eksemplarer
In a Flash (2021) 22 eksemplarer
Give and Take (Aladdin Angelwings) (2000) 21 eksemplarer
On Guard! (1997) 20 eksemplarer
Pink Magic (2005) 19 eksemplarer
Gracie, The Pixie of the Puddle (2004) 19 eksemplarer
Treasury of Bible Stories (2019) 17 eksemplarer
Bobby the Bold (2006) 15 eksemplarer
Rocky: The Cat Who Barks (2002) 14 eksemplarer
Trouble On The Tracks (1996) 10 eksemplarer
Signs and Voices: Deaf Culture, Identity, Language, and Arts (2008) — Redaktør — 9 eksemplarer
Hero of Barletta, The (1988) 9 eksemplarer
Happy Holidays (Angelwings) (2000) 7 eksemplarer
Shelley Shock (2000) 6 eksemplarer
New Voices (Aladdin Angelwings) (2000) 5 eksemplarer
Hotel Jungle (2004) 5 eksemplarer
Partners (2001) 5 eksemplarer
Syntactic Argumentation (1979) 5 eksemplarer
Hang in There (2001) 4 eksemplarer
Linguistic muse (1979) 2 eksemplarer
Hacia El Norte (2005) 1 eksemplar
Angelwing 1 eksemplar
The Bravest Thing 1 eksemplar
Handy Stories to Read and Sign (2009) 1 eksemplar
Presente Mágico (2006) 1 eksemplar
Books 1 eksemplar
Angelwings 1 eksemplar
Three Teen-Ages (2003) 1 eksemplar
Left Out (Aladdin Angelwings) (2000) 1 eksemplar

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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 andre anmeldelser | 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… (mere)
OnniAdda | 18 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | Aug 6, 2023 |



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