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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (May 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439551897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439551892
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From School Library Journal

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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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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By A Customer on Nov. 7 1998
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Nov. 16 2001
Format: Paperback
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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By Georgie on Nov. 22 2009
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Jan. 9 2004
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Feb. 13 2002
Format: Paperback
Catwings
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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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2002
Format: Paperback
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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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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