Children's LiteratureIn this fantasy-filled love story, Merlin, the tiny kitten, mysteriously appears in the barn one cold, dark night. Only Guinevere, the oldest hen, takes action to warm him. She knows to keep him warm, but she has no idea what to feed him. At last she asks two goats for a little milk. Merlin is always hungry, but Guinevere only knows to wrap her wings around him. One spring day, when a young girl and her mother come to the farm looking for a kitten, Guinevere charges out of nowhere to present Merlin to the farmer and the little girl. Merlin finds food and happiness with the girl, but he cannot forget his chicken mother. Knowing that he and Guinevere must be together, Merlin successfully flies off to bring her to him. In a delightful blend of text and warm illustrations, children will see and feel the love between Guinevere and Merlin. What a wonderful, sweet story for young children who have the ability to suspend reality and believe in the impossible dream! 2000, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, $14.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: J. B. Petty
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School Library JournalGr 1-3-In this disturbing tale, a shivering orange kitten is abandoned in an untidy barn where he is "adopted" by a kindly chicken. With little food or sunlight, Merlin fails to grow and thrive, but the two animals form a close bond. Guinevere even shares her dream of being able to fly with her sickly charge. Possible salvation for the starving feline appears in the form of a small African-American child looking for a pet. Guinevere grabs the kitten by the scruff of the neck and runs across the barnyard, dropping him at the little girl's feet (a journey so frightening that the delicate creature blacks out). She takes him home and fattens him up. The story ambles on to a fanciful conclusion: a strong, confident Merlin jumps out the window of his new home, spreads his feet, and flies to the barn to thank Guinevere for saving his life by teaching her to fly. While Cassidy's illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil, add spirit to the tale, they cannot save this dark, muddled barnyard fantasy. Joan Rankin's You're Somebody Special, Walliwigs (McElderry, 1999), a story of an abandoned bird, has a brighter and more positive outcome, making it a more suitable choice for youngsters.-Cynde Marcen- gill, Horry County Memorial Library, Surfside Beach, SC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Childrens Book WatchThe Chicken Cat is a delightful fantasy picturebook tale about an old hen adopting a lost kitten. Stephanie McLellan's charming, entertaining story is wonderfully showcased by Sean Cassidy's lively and realistic artwork. The Chicken Cat will prove a welcome and popular addition to any school or community library picturebook collection for young readers!
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- PBK ED
- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
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McLellan is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
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