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Dick Whittington and His Cat [Hardcover]

Marcia Brown
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Aug. 30 1988
The well-loved tale of the London waif whose cat's prowess as a ratter results in Dick's becoming a successful merchant and Lord Mayor of London. Illustrated.

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Marcia Brown, one of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medalist and six-time Caldecott Honor illustrator, as well as winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for the body of her work. She lives in Laguna Hills, California.

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This is a children's book based on the legend surrounding Richard Whittington. Whittington, who died in 1423, was mayor of London 1397-1399, 1406-1407, and 1419-1420. He became very prosperous and generous. The legend says that he was a homeless boy who did odd jobs in a house and kept a cat to keep the rats away. But, he had to send the cat off on a trading ship. The cat was sold to a Moorish ruler whose kingdom had been overrun with rats. The cat becomes a noted ratter and the ruler bestows a great treasure on Whittington. (However, the historical Whittington appears to have been the son of a knight of Gloucester). The earliest known appearance of the legend is in 1605. This book was a 1951 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustration in a book for children. I've always found it of interest to discover how much children enjoy stories that are based on real people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How a cat is able to get its owner a great fortune. May 13 1999
By R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a children's book based on the legend surrounding Richard Whittington. Whittington, who died in 1423, was mayor of London 1397-1399, 1406-1407, and 1419-1420. He became very prosperous and generous. The legend says that he was a homeless boy who did odd jobs in a house and kept a cat to keep the rats away. But, he had to send the cat off on a trading ship. The cat was sold to a Moorish ruler whose kingdom had been overrun with rats. The cat becomes a noted ratter and the ruler bestows a great treasure on Whittington. (However, the historical Whittington appears to have been the son of a knight of Gloucester). The earliest known appearance of the legend is in 1605. This book was a 1951 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustration in a book for children. I've always found it of interest to discover how much children enjoy stories that are based on real people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and adventuous. BEAUTIFUL unique illustrations. Oct. 9 2008
By silky69 - Published on Amazon.com
I collect children's illustrated story books and I love this one for both the story and the beautiful woodcut illustrations. It is a story about a boy in medieval times whose parents both die and he is left to be an orphan to fend for himself. He endures many hardships including a cook who beats him and treats him with much disrespect, and Whittington also has to sleep in a room with rats who crawl on him at night. He purchases a cat named Puss for a penny to help with the rat problem, but then has to send his cat on a trade ship. A Moorish king with an abundance of rats ends up with Whittington's cat, and after the cat does a fine job for the King, Whittington receives a treasure. The story is based on a legend about a real person named Dick Whittington who was mayor of London in the early 1400's.

The illustrations in this book are outstanding and unique--woodcut prints, I believe. I highly recommend this book both for the story and the beautiful art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Sept. 9 2012
By Eileen M. Gafford - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book when I was a kid so I thought my grandchild would love it too and she does. Boys and girls will love this story. Dick Whittington was so poor and went through great tribulation in his young life. When his cat has to go, he has no idea that he will become set for life. He gives presents to everyone even the cook who was so mean to him. And so all ends well. Good story.
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite book as a child Oct. 31 2013
By A. Cantrell - Published on Amazon.com
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Had this book as a child. One of my favorites. I was glad to be able to get it, and in very good condition. The woodcut like pictures are an important part of the lovely story. Quick delivery from the used book source.
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