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Cat Dreams
     

Cat Dreams

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by Ursula K. Le Guin, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator)
 

The award-winning CATWINGS team, Ursula Le Guin and S. D. Schindler create their first magical picture book!

Bestselling author Ursula K. Le Guin and acclaimed illustrator S. D. Schindler are together again with a sleepytime picture book for the youngest of cat-nappers. Climb into a cat's dreamland with irresistible paintings and a lyrical purring text.

Overview


The award-winning CATWINGS team, Ursula Le Guin and S. D. Schindler create their first magical picture book!

Bestselling author Ursula K. Le Guin and acclaimed illustrator S. D. Schindler are together again with a sleepytime picture book for the youngest of cat-nappers. Climb into a cat's dreamland with irresistible paintings and a lyrical purring text.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Short, nearly telegraphic verse by Le Guin (who collaborated with Schindler on the Catwings series) conjures up the inner life of a tortoiseshell cat, whose time, when not hunting or planning naps, is devoted to dreaming: “Oh, how nice! It's raining mice!” Schindler offers a series of crisp-edged, meticulous paintings that portray the cat's most extravagant fantasies in penetrating yet serene detail. “Oh, happy day! All the dogs have run away!” says the dreaming cat, towing a kind of wooden Trojan Cat whose roaring face makes the neighborhood canines flee. A fountain of cream with an Italianate cat sculpture in the center attracts a dozen lapping cats and a catnip tree beguiles (“I'm going to stop/ and have a rest/ in a blue jay's nest”), while the text curves up and down on the pages, mimicking both the activity of the cat's imagination and its leaps, bounds and other movements. Le Guin, supplying only the suggestions of cat dreams, leaves the filling out of the magic visions to Schindler, whose splendid spreads compel close inspection. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
In Ursula Le Guin's newest picture book, young readers will plunge into the exciting world of a cat. This cat loves to run, leap, sleep, and catch mice. This cat also enjoys hanging out with like-minded friends, sipping cream, and munching kibbles together. But when cat decides to climb a tree and listen to a bird's song, it proves to be a disastrous move. As cat falls down, she realizes the tree is not the place to be! Soon cat leaps on her mistress's lap and rests, content to be patted and loved. The story concludes, "I'm singing my song inside my fur. Purr. Purr. Purr. Purr." Young readers will enjoy S.C. Schindler's wonderful paintings, which draw you into a cat's view of the world. Once again, Ursula Le Guin has written a lyrical and poetic text that will enchant young audiences. Cat Dreams is highly recommended for cat-lovers of all ages and their feline friends. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The team that created the "Catwings" series (Scholastic) has collaborated on this pleasing meditation. Both the story and text are simple: a cat's dreams are filled with kibble and cream, scaring away dogs, and climbing catnip trees. But when the dream turns nightmarish by a flock of squawking blue jays, the reality of a warm lap nearby is even better. Cat Dreams offers a satisfying read for cat lovers who can enjoy the tranquil illustrations, rendered in watercolor and gouache. Many of the elements of the animal's dream—a day when it rains mice, sleeping in a blue jay's nest—are revealed in the squares of the quilt on which the feline lies with such cozy charm (observant readers should also look out for a few catwings flying by). But the highlight of the book is the reinforcement of the conceit that humans somehow enrich a cat's life. The rhyming text is concise and easy enough for emerging readers. Pair this with Sue Stainton's I Love Cats (HarperCollins, 2007) for a cat-themed quiet time.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A tortoiseshell cat enjoys a run after a chipmunk and some leaps over the furniture, but she's ready for a nap. She settles down and goes to sleep. "Oh, how nice! It's raining mice!" She and her friends chase the dogs away with a scary Trojan cat. She sups on cream (pouring from a Grecian-inspired cat fountain) and kibble and climbs a catnip tree for a rest in a blue jay's nest. When she tumbles out of the tree in her cat dream, there's only one place that will soothe her. "I need a lap. I need her lap. / Her lap is the best, best place for a nap." The lap and the petting that follow lead inevitably to the purr. National Book Award winner Le Guin and her Catwings collaborator Schindler re-team for this peek into the dreams of cats. Easy rhyming text will be quickly memorized, but the realistic, full-bleed watercolor illustrations will keep youngsters turning the pages. A perfect fit for storytimes on cats, naps and dreams. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545042161
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


Ursula Le Guin writes both poetry and prose, and in various modes including children's books, YA books, fantasy, science fiction and fiction. She is the author of the bestselling and award winning CATWINGS series. Three of Le Guin's titles have been finalists for The American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and among the many honors her writing has received are a National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, and The Margaret A. Edwards Award. She lives in Oregon.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1929
Place of Birth:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952
Website:
http://www.ursulakleguin.com

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Cat Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sadieNV More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book. The illustrations are amazing and the writing is quite lyrical. Every cat I have ever been owned by is in this book in some form. This is a great bedtime book but it is also a beautiful coffee table book for a cat loving friend. I actually purchased it for my mother but my nephews enjoy it also.