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Catwings (Catwings Series #1)
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Catwings (Catwings Series #1)

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

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The bestselling Catwings series!

Mrs. Jane Tabby can't explain why her four precious kittens were born with wings, but she's grateful that they are able to use their flying skills to soar away from the dangerous city slums where they were born. However, once the kittens escape the big city, they learn that country life can be just as difficult!

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The bestselling Catwings series!

Mrs. Jane Tabby can't explain why her four precious kittens were born with wings, but she's grateful that they are able to use their flying skills to soar away from the dangerous city slums where they were born. However, once the kittens escape the big city, they learn that country life can be just as difficult!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Down an alley in a dumpster, Mrs. Jane Tabby gives birth to four kittens. But these are no ordinary offspringeach has a pair of wings. Although Mrs. Tabby is unperturbed by her kittens' appearance, her neighbors are not so charitable; when the kittens are old enough to fly, Mrs. Tabby sends her children out into the world. Because both winged and four-footed creatures mistrust them, the kittens have trouble finding a place to live, but eventually discover a loving home. LeGuin, author of the distinguished Earthsea Trilogy and other books, has written a small gem of a book, with convincing and intriguing characters. Dark watercolor etchings by Schindler further convey the plight of these airborne felines and their seeking of a home. A Richard Jackson Book. Ages 7-10. (September)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
This heartwarming easy reader teaches a parent's perspective: the urge to protect and the drive for a better life for children. The heroine is just an ordinary alley cat, barely surviving in and around trashcans. Then one day, Mrs. Jane Tabby gives birth to a most unusual litter of kittens. Her offspring have wings. Pages of pen and ink, washed softly in pastels tell this dreamy tale.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4 At first Mrs. Jane Tabby can't understand why her four kittens have been born with wings. Then she realizes that they will be able to fly away from their dreary and dangerous city neighborhood. (Mrs. T. can't come with them because she is going to marry Mr. Tom Jones, and ``I don't want you children underfoot!'') So the kittens sadly leave their mother and go off into the world. After some mild adventures, they settle in a wooded area and learn to forage for themselves. Then danger appears in the form of a large owl. Luckily at this point Harriet, the smallest kitten, discovers Susan and Hank Brown from a neighboring farm. The tale ends happily with the cats snuggled up to the children and the promise of a safe new home. Cats are always appealing, and winged cats should be doubly so. However, the story barely skirts cuteness; the language has a self-conscious tone which works against the action of the plot. Softly-colored ink drawings add an old-fashioned tone, as do the Victorian names of the cats. Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Pub . Lib .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439551892
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Series:
Catwings Series , #1
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
67,604
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 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 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TBeard More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my four-year-old son as we transition into reading more chapter books. He loved it! The story is interesting to kids and adults alike. It is quite short (only 4 chapters) which I did not realize before purchasing. We read through it in two sittings and that is only because I insisted on stretching out the story. The story thoroughly captured my son's imagination and we went on to read the next three titles in the series though using library books. Give it a try!
jok5678 More than 1 year ago
I bought the series for my granddaughter . I have read it to her many times. Now she understands the halloween costumes I made for her mother and aunt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg i remember reading this series when i as in 3rd grade and i absolutely loved it!! i would definetly recommend this to any kid who wants a good read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a child. I remember feeling the sense of wonder it gave me, and how deeply connected I felt with the little kittens. I am 25 now and I am going to buy this book just so I can read it again. Buy this for your child or a loved one, it's beautiful and will put a smile on your face.
jo-poet More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story, with brilliant illustrations.  Perfect for any child, adult, or any Ursula Le Guin fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Catwings books. Thelma looks just like my cat Dora. I wish she would make more. My favorite book is Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a long time ago at a slumber party while everyone else was asleep. I couldn't fall asleep and saw this book on my friend's shelf. So, I read it. It was awesome! The winged kittens were so intriguing - I used to wish my cats could fly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''I suppose their father was a fly by night,' a neighbor said, and laughed unpleasantly, sneaking round the dumpster.' The story 'Catwings' by Ursula K. Le Guin, is about tabby cats with wings. They leave their mother and fly away to live on their own. They landed in the forest and looked after each other. Owl went after Roger and James. Harriet found out that James was hurt badly. Harriet had also seen a human while flying, described with big eyes like their own. Harriet went again and Roger tagged along Then there were two humans there! There was food on the tree stump. They went ahead and helped themselves. Then the other tabbies came and ate. The humans were amazed. There were four winged cats, which they called Catwings. I believe the message of the story is that what seems to be impossible is possible. Never think something is impossible. Anything can happen, at least in imaginations. I really LOVE this story because it is telling readers that anything can happen when I read it. I think readers who like cats would like this book. There are cats as main characters, and they can fly around. I think this is a good book for any person.