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A French feline returns to his home across the country in this gently adventurous tale from the creators of And If the Moon Could Talk and Close Your Eyes.
Basking in the warm glow of Georg Hallensleben's illustrations of France, readers meet a cat who lives by the edge of the sea with his elderly owner. Life is peaceful and sublime, but when the old woman dies, the cat is taken far away to the city and forgotten. Left to fend for himself, the cat takes off for his real home, dreaming of "the softness of the bluegrass that grew behind the stone house by the edge of the sea." France's lush countryside, where the feline rests "on a grassy bank or in the cool shade of an ancient wall," and bustling cities are breathtaking settings for the cat's journey, and when he finally winds up close to home -- he recognizes the area by "boats with their flapping sails" -- the cat enters through the house's blue doors and finally rests. Of course, the old woman is there no more, but a new family has moved in, greeting their visitor with the same tenderness he remembers and making the cat feel right at home.
Mixing high adventure, serene settings, and a pastoral text, Banks and Hallensleben have created a larger-than-life journey back home that, ultimately, leaves you as peaceful as a sunny day along the seashore. Words and colors blend brilliantly to reveal France's beautiful landscapes and the cat's silent progress, providing readers with uncertainty and tenderness that results in a picture book for the strong in spirit and tranquil in taste. This courageous critter's story will have you aching to book your ticket for France tout de suite. Matt Warner