Catwings Return (Catwings Series #2)
  • Catwings Return (Catwings Series #2)
  • Catwings Return (Catwings Series #2)

Catwings Return (Catwings Series #2)

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by Ursula K. Le Guin
     
 

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As kittens, James, Thelma, Harriet and Roger took advantage of their wings by flying away from the city slum where they were born. Now the cats live comfortably in the country with two human friends. But a big adventure is in store for James and Harriet when they decide to return to the city to visit their mother.

So much has changed! All of the buildings in their

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As kittens, James, Thelma, Harriet and Roger took advantage of their wings by flying away from the city slum where they were born. Now the cats live comfortably in the country with two human friends. But a big adventure is in store for James and Harriet when they decide to return to the city to visit their mother.

So much has changed! All of the buildings in their old alley are being torn down. And inside one of the buildings is a wonderful surprise just waiting to be discovered....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Identical in format and length to its predecessor, Catwings , this new book picks up where that one left off. The four winged catsThelma, Roger, Harriet and Jamesare content in the country barn where they live, secretly cared for by humans Hank and Susan. But they would like to see their mother, and the dumpster where they were born. Only James and Harriet make the trip, and learn that the slums are being destroyed by demolition crews. Their mother and the dumpster have moved; instead, they find a winged kitten. After a brief reunion with their mother, who now lives amidst flower pots on an apartment roof, all three felines go to the farm. Some of this repeats the first book, such as the absence of a father, the mother who bravely, and perhaps somewhat curiously, sends the children away to a better life, and the rather dull goodness of the human boy and girl. Le Guin's graceful writingespecially of the adventurous rescue of the new member of the family and in the roof sceneis sweetly illuminated by Schindler's delicately tinted drawings. A Richard Jackson Book. Ages 7-10. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
This paperback edition is a reprint of the 1989 Catwings Return, which is "A Catwings Tale." The four catwings are enjoying their life in the country. However, two of the catwings decide to go back to the city to try and find their mother (so that the mother cat will know that they survived and are happy). While there, sister Harriet and brother James soon find a lost kitten—who also has wings. This brother and sister duo must now find their mother and take care of this lost little kitten that is cold, hungry, and scared. This fanciful tale will once again delight readers. The text is broken up into multiple chapters. Each sentence is simple enough to tempt beginning readers, yet interesting. The text is also peppered with illustrations that will delight readers with every new page. This reprint will once again delight early chapter readers and introduce them to the whimsical world created by Ursula K. LeGuin.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- James and Harriet, the youngest and most adventurous of four winged cats, return from the country refuge that they found in Catwings (Orchard, 1988) to the inner-city slum where they were born, to see their mother again. They find a frightened winged kitten before finding their mother, the genteel Mrs. Jane Tabby. She is delighted to see her grown children and grateful that they've brought back her lost kitten. She insists that they take the kitten to safety in the country. This may grate on those who criticized as unfeeling Mrs. Jane's decision, in the first book, to send her older children off to a new life so that she could begin a new liaison unfettered, but it seems in character. Although characterization is slight, there is enough to win readers' sympathy. This gently appealing story will mean more to those who enjoyed the more vigorous first book, but it is hard to resist a story that brings a terrified, lonely kitten home to a loving family. The illustrations are engaging pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor wash. A handsome little book for middle readers. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439551908
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Series:
Catwings, #2
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 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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Catwings Return (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful sequel to follow the first book. Wish the books were a bit longer but a very enjoyable read and touching story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this story as a little girl. This is a wonderful story for anyone who loves cats and fantasy.
jo-poet More than 1 year ago
Excellent Sequel! Wonderful continuation of the story, with surprises!
Guest More than 1 year ago
2 of the catwings go exploring for their mother, Mrs. Jane Tabby. But when the catwings get to the city, a bisg surprise awits them. Read the book to find out more!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was five! And now I read them to my stepson! A must own for any cat lover who sees the cat as something 'magical'!