The Cat's Tale

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WHY ARE THE YEARS IN THE CHINESE CALENDAR NAMED AFTER ANIMALS?

A young girl and her grandmother learn that being far apart in years doesn’t mean they have nothing in common. Mao the cat and her master, Willow, are less than thrilled when Willow’s grandmother, her Nai-Nai, carelessly omits the important role of Cat from her story. Mao proceeds to set the record straight. A beautiful story unravels and we fi nd out why there is no Year of the Cat and how the circle of years moves ...

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WHY ARE THE YEARS IN THE CHINESE CALENDAR NAMED AFTER ANIMALS?

A young girl and her grandmother learn that being far apart in years doesn’t mean they have nothing in common. Mao the cat and her master, Willow, are less than thrilled when Willow’s grandmother, her Nai-Nai, carelessly omits the important role of Cat from her story. Mao proceeds to set the record straight. A beautiful story unravels and we fi nd out why there is no Year of the Cat and how the circle of years moves on. Told through pictures that are reminiscent of the ancient Chinese masters and yet boldly alive, THE CAT’S TALE is a stellar read-aloud.

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An awkward narrative frame complicates Orgel's (My Mother's Daughter) retelling of a well-known Chinese folktale explaining the naming of the Chinese zodiac, and not even So's (Pale Male) buoyant, abundantly patterned watercolors compensate for the structural flaws. Willow's grandmother, known as Nai Nai, is babysitting and beginning to read a version of the titular story when the narrator-the cat Mao-objects with a sharp scratch to Nai Nai. Banished, with Willow following him in solidarity against Nai Nai, Mao purrs-"Purring makes magic happen. I turn into that cat from long ago, and tell my story." With this, the cat relates his part in the famous river race between 13 of the Jade Emperor's favorite animals (he ends up stranded). The artist clearly delineates the two strands, adopting loose lines and floating vignettes on white space for the contemporary narrative and shifting to a highly stylized, decorative approach for the fable. Orgel implies a parallel: the cat and Willow are stranded by their impulsive choices and rescued by generous elders, but she joins the two story lines so oddly that the connection may elude the audience. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Candice Ransom
Willow's cat Mao—Willow's alter-ego—doesn't want her grandmother Nai Nai to babysit. When Nai Nai offers to read a story, Willow and Mao climb on her lap. The grandmother begins a tale about the Chinese calendar. Mao scratches her because she doesn't mention the cat. Pouting, Willow and Mao retreat to Willow's room where Mao continues the story. Jade Emperor invites animals to a race in the river—the winner will represent the first year in the calendar. Thirteen animals jump in the river, including Cat. But Rat betrays his best friend and Cat doesn't finish. Although Orgel hints in her author's note about the similarities and differences between the old and young, the story-within-a-story format is confusing. Meilo So depicts the present scenes in modern watercolors with plenty of white space. The cat's tale is rendered in stunning, stylized art with the text in italics. The art is a visual treat but can't save a story marred by a weak frame. Reviewer: Candice Ransom
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Willow's grandmother tells the story of the 12 animals for whom the years in the Chinese calendar are named, unfortunately omitting Cat's role. When the child's cat, Mao, scratches Nai Nai and she pushes the animal off her lap, Willow and Mao become angry and head upstairs. Mao becomes Cat and tells how the Jade Emperor once invited 13 animals to a race. Dragon flies with Rabbit and Rooster on his back. Rat and his friend Cat sit on Ox as he and the other animals plunge into the river. Rat pushes Cat, who never learned to swim, into the water. By clawing his way onto a jutting rock, Cat watches as Rat jumps ashore ahead of Ox and wins. After Mao explains why the Year of the Rat comes first and why Cat and Rat are enemies, the little girl and her Nai Nai make up their disagreement. So's bright watercolor paintings bring the human characters to life against a pure white background, while traditional Chinese motifs and a subdued palette set the animals in the race apart. More pages are given to Willow, Mao, and Nai Nai than to the actual Chinese legend, and this tale-within-a-tale framework may be confusing to young readers. A simpler retelling is Dawn Casey's The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac (Barefoot, 2006). Nevertheless, youngsters will enjoy listening to this story and seeing the beautiful watercolor illustrations.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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In this feline retelling of a Chinese tale about how the years were named for 12 different animals, a little girl's cat provides personal perspective. Willow's grandma, Nai Nai, tries to tell her the story of when the Jade Emperor invited his favorite animals to a river race, but forgets to include Cat. Offended, Willow's cat, Mao, spills the real story of how Ox, Rat, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig and Cat competed in the Emperor's river race. According to Mao, clever Rat convinced Cat they should ride on Ox's back, but Rat betrayed Cat by pushing him into the river and leaping ashore first to win. So Jade Emperor named the first year cycle the Year of the Rat with each successive year named for the animals that completed the race, except for Cat, who never finished. So's bright, humorous watercolor illustrations capture the intimacy between Willow and Mao and add punch to the competitive drama of the folktale river race, its sassy storyteller and the intergenerational subtext. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596432024
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.34 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

DORIS ORGEL is the author of, among many titles, MY MOTHER’S DAUGHTER, BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS, and THE DEVIL IN VIENNA (Bank Street Award for Best Book of the Year). She lives in New York City.

MEILO SO is a widely renowned artist of children’s books. She lives in England.

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