The Cat Who Came for Tacos

The Cat Who Came for Tacos

by Diana Star Helmer, Vivi Escriva
     
 

When Señora Rosa and Señor Tomás find a stray cat sleeping on their stoop, they welcome him into their home. When lunch is served, Flynn the cat hops up on the table. But before he can dig into the tuna tacos, his new friends point out a few house rules.

Overview


When Señora Rosa and Señor Tomás find a stray cat sleeping on their stoop, they welcome him into their home. When lunch is served, Flynn the cat hops up on the table. But before he can dig into the tuna tacos, his new friends point out a few house rules.

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"Parents and caretakers may want to use this story as a prompt for discussions of etiquette and hospitality."

School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Great for an etiquette discussion and a lovely smattering of Latin culture, but perhaps a bit over the edge for animal lovers! Real cats should not wear clothes any more than people should fit into someone else's mold for correctness. Never the less, this is a charming story about a hungry, roving cat who decides to move into the home of Senora Rosa and Senor Tomas after curling up for the night on their porch step. Once inside, Flynn (who can talk) is invited to stay. "Mi casa es su casa" and it's a done deal! After he inspects the house, Flynn is asked to the table for lunch. Being bereft of human manners, Flynn sat on the table. That is the beginning of learning proper table manners before anyone can eat. Though it seems no one will ever be able to enjoy their meal, Flynn is obedient to each of his host's requests—except for the peas! The soft watercolor illustrations are enhanced by the occasional festive brightness of the Latin culture in the weave of fabric or on a piece of pottery. This is also a story of acceptance, love and family for all children to enjoy. 2003, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 4 to 8.
— Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A wayward cat appears on the doorstep of a kindly couple's home one evening. They invite him in and, in the tradition of magical realism, he can speak and understand their language, which is a combination of both English and Spanish. The hospitable Se-ora Rosa and Se-or Tom s say to Flynn, "Mi casa es su casa. My home is your home." Of course, the feline takes this rather too literally and sits directly on the table when lunch is served, and some gentle lessons in table manners are in order. After a satisfying repast of tuna tacos and the less delicious peas, Flynn finds a cozy spot where he can relax and stay awhile. The only thing that could add to his comfort is a "warm, roomy lap" or, better yet, two, and his hosts readily oblige. The depictions of the characters and setting are somewhat reminiscent of Leo Politi's artwork although perhaps less delicately executed. Warm colors and Latin American motifs contribute to the cultural interest of this lighthearted tale. Parents and caretakers may want to use this story as a prompt for discussions of etiquette and hospitality.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807551066
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Edition description:
Library Binding
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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