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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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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 my daughters Nov. 23 2013
By M.
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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 the 2nd one. I couldn't believe it when I found it here. she loves them and im sure will be reading them to her children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Adventures... Nov. 22 2009
By Georgie
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. It had all the components we love in story: adventure, suspense, imagination and animal antics (great illustrations). What I really liked about the book is that it was wholesome - no smarty-pants children, no sarcasm, no "cutesy" attitude. This is often difficult to find in books for the 6 to 9 set.
We enjoyed the antics of Mrs. Jane Tabby's children so much that we bought the box set. All I can say is that we are so sorry the series has ended. We will reread them from the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Adama's Grade 3 Class Reviews Dec 4 2008
Review No. 1

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.

Review No. 2

I kind of liked the story Catwings but it's not one of my favorite stories. We read it as a class. I also thought that it could be like that some day, that a cat could have kittens like that. I liked it for the action too.

Review No. 3

I liked the book Catwings because it is so funny.

Review No. 4

I liked the story Catwings because it was very exciting. I was happy when they moved to the wild. I wish they were free and didn't get owners.

Review No. 5

I liked Catwings it was a good story but not my favorite story. I liked the part when they left their Mom. I wish I had a cat with wings.

Review No. 6

I liked the story Catwings. I liked thay they got an owner and they got food and water.
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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 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 daughter loves it July 21 2003
By A Customer
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cute story Aug. 3 2002
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 better. The illustrations are lovely, and cat lovers will enjoy the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great children's book about leaving home July 23 2002
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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