Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World

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Why are cats and mice enemies?

Why do cats always land on their feet?

Are cats as smart as they seem?

Here's a story behind each of these feline traits. For centuries, people everywhere, from Tibet to Oman to Scotland to the United States, have been fascinated with cats and their intriguing personalities. In this captivating collection, New York Times best-selling author Jane Yolen has gathered and adapted cat stories, sayings, and nursery rhymes from around the world. The glowing jewel-like illustrations of cats galore in their native homes have been lavishly painted by Hala Wittwer.

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Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including fantasy, science fiction, and poetry, which earned her the moniker the American Hans Christian Andersen. Her titles include Odysseus in the Serpent Maze, The Dragon's Boy, and The Girl Who Loved the Wind. Jane Yolen divides her time between a farmhouse in Massachusetts and a house in Scotland.

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Gr. 1-3. Stories ideal for reading aloud and bright, appealing pictures make this collection, put together by acclaimed author Yolen, a natural for young cat fanciers. Based on traditions from around the world, the tales feature felines crying, dancing, behaving as tricksters, stealing, and purring their way through a plethora of adventures. The retellings are distinguished by direct, child-friendly descriptions; a banyan tree looks "quite a bit like a cage," and the moon glows "like a big piece of cheese." At least one of Wittwer's intensely colored, acrylic-and-oil illustrations appears on each page, comically depicting cats of varying breeds in a range of situations--from unlikely feline endeavors (playing bagpipes, rowing a boat) to more realistic cat pursuits. Though the cats' features occasionally seem overly cartoonlike, many children will enjoy the dramatic expressions. Source notes and suggestions for further reading conclude. Jennifer Locke
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