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Catwings [Paperback]

Ursula K Le Guin , S D Schindler
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May 1 2003 Catwings
Mrs. Jane Tabby cannot explain why all four of her kittens were born with wings. But when life on the city streets becomes too dangerous, it is clear that her dream for her children might some day come true. They can fly away from the city slums of their birth. And one day, they do. But not even their mother could have foreseen the hazards of country living.

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From Publishers Weekly

Down an alley in a dumpster, Mrs. Jane Tabby gives birth to four kittens. But these are no ordinary offspringeach has a pair of wings. Although Mrs. Tabby is unperturbed by her kittens' appearance, her neighbors are not so charitable; when the kittens are old enough to fly, Mrs. Tabby sends her children out into the world. Because both winged and four-footed creatures mistrust them, the kittens have trouble finding a place to live, but eventually discover a loving home. LeGuin, author of the distinguished Earthsea Trilogy and other books, has written a small gem of a book, with convincing and intriguing characters. Dark watercolor etchings by Schindler further convey the plight of these airborne felines and their seeking of a home. A Richard Jackson Book. Ages 7-10.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 2-4 At first Mrs. Jane Tabby can't understand why her four kittens have been born with wings. Then she realizes that they will be able to fly away from their dreary and dangerous city neighborhood. (Mrs. T. can't come with them because she is going to marry Mr. Tom Jones, and ``I don't want you children underfoot!'') So the kittens sadly leave their mother and go off into the world. After some mild adventures, they settle in a wooded area and learn to forage for themselves. Then danger appears in the form of a large owl. Luckily at this point Harriet, the smallest kitten, discovers Susan and Hank Brown from a neighboring farm. The tale ends happily with the cats snuggled up to the children and the promise of a safe new home. Cats are always appealing, and winged cats should be doubly so. However, the story barely skirts cuteness; the language has a self-conscious tone which works against the action of the plot. Softly-colored ink drawings add an old-fashioned tone, as do the Victorian names of the cats. Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Pub . Lib .
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful urban allegory Nov. 7 1998
By A Customer
Jane Tabby is surprised to find that her 4 kittens all have wings. Living in a rundown part of a city, she comes to realize that with these wings they can escape this life and fly to a better one. The kittens' exploration of the more rural countryside is told in beautiful language, and also with humor. And their meeting and befriending some children results in a touching conclusion. A wonderful story, rich in ideas, creative in language, is OK for kids above age 4 or so, but is even better for slightly older kids; it is also ostensibly a children's book that is equally enjoyable for adults. The 2 sequels thus far are also excellent, though with a touch less magic than this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Catwings Series by Ursula K. Le Guin Nov. 16 2001
By A Customer
I am a second grade teacher and read the Catwings series over the summer. My two older children grabbed them up as soon as I was done with them.
I recently read aloud Catwings to my second grade class and they were absolutely riveted to the story. When the book was done they said, "Is there another book?" Within 2 weeks we had all four books in the series read and the students wanted still more. They laughed, sighed, worried, empathsized, loved, and felt anger along with the story's characters. Boys and girls alike were absolutely delighted with these books. I like them so much that I am buying them each a copy of Catwings as a holiday gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catwings Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer
This is about the book CATWINGS. There are four cats: James, Roger, Harriet, and Thelma. They all have wings. Their mom, Janet, has always wondered why her kittens have wings and she does not. This book is fantasy fiction.
The book has cats with wings I don't think it would be true.

In one part of the book Harriet was getting chased by a dog, but her wings got her out. During the book you never know what would happened like, when there was an owl just sitting there watching them, you can find out the rest.

I like this book because I love cats. I recommend this book to people who enjoy cats, or like fictional books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catwings Feb. 13 2002
By A Customer
In the story Catwings Harriet, James, Thelma, Roger have to leave their home.
When they were trying to find their now home Roger got hurt by an owl.
I like Catwings because cats can fly. I like the story it's funny. One thing I learned was if cats have wings do not pull on them.
If you were a cat and kids were grabbing you and pulling on your wings and you can't fly anymore. this would be a big problem for a catwing.
This book is so good because cats can fly and the happy ending.
When Roger is better two kids come and find the cats , feed them and take care of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catwings Reviewed Feb. 12 2002
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Book Review: Catwings by Ursula K.A. LeGuin
Would you want to be a cat with wings? Catwings is a book about four cats that have wings and they're on their own until two kids deicide to keep them. They stay until they decide to go visit their mother in the old neighborhood. I learned that the little birds in the story were upset that the cats could fly because the cats could eat them. The pictures were great! You might want to read this book and find out what happens. It is a very good book for kids. It has lots of adventure. After you read it you will feel good about something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great children's book about leaving home July 22 2002
By Charles Ashbacher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a delightful children's book about cats that can fly. Born wild in the city, their wingless mother encourages them to fly away from the urban dangers in search of a different and better life. Of course, dangers in the country are not absent, only different. The tale of their adventures is one that kept my children entertained, and they insisted that it be purchased. After their high praise, I read the book and enjoyed it as much as they did. My children especially loved the happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catwings are a fantasy you can't miss! Feb. 19 2004
By A Customer
I' ve read all of the Catwings books, and they're so good! Ever since I read the first one, I got hooked. I'm a very humongous animal lover, and these books were truly purrfect. I used to play Catwings all the time. Because winged cats are truly a fantasy you can't miss. There are colorful pictures too. The stories and their adventures are really heartwarming. If you read the whole series, you'll watch them grow and you'll grow to love them. Full of wonderful words, Catwings are the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight for Kids & Adults Dec 28 2001
This is the perfect book for cat-loving adults to read aloud to cat-loving kids--and then guiltily snatch for their own shelves. Four alley kittens are born with wings (much to their mother's astonishment) and use their unusual capabilities to seek out a more hospitable place to live. The kittens are distinct personalities and their plight and trek are movingly told. A future classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my daughters
my daughter read this book when she was little and really enjoyed it. she's older now but when we came across ii in a yard sale she bought it, apparently she's always wanted to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Adventures...
I found the book "Catwings" at our local bookstore and since my daughter (6) is a huge animal lover, I thought I would pick it up. We really enjoyed the little novela. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Adama's Grade 3 Class Reviews
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I liked the story Catwings. It is an awesome book. It was cool that the cats have wings. It's good and I really liked the ending of the book. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2008 by Mrs. Adama's Class
5.0 out of 5 stars daughter loves it
I have not read the books yet, but my daughter was thrilled when she received them as a gift. She thought there were only two books in the series.
Published on July 21 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars cute story
I loved this book as a kid and still think it's a great, cute little story. The four winged kittens in this book grow up in the city but fly off in order to find some place... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2002 by M. Cookson
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Catwings
Catwings is a terrific story because they are able to fly where ever they can go. When I read the story I was sad at the beginning and middle but happy at the end.
Published on June 4 2002
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