Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale

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Have you ever heard the saying, Your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, Cat's stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in one day, just makes it worse. Fat Cat swallows everything in sight, including the washlady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and their swords, even a king and his elephant! But when Cat swallows Mouse and her sewing basket, that's the last straw. Tiny Mouse cuts ...

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Have you ever heard the saying, Your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, Cat's stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in one day, just makes it worse. Fat Cat swallows everything in sight, including the washlady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and their swords, even a king and his elephant! But when Cat swallows Mouse and her sewing basket, that's the last straw. Tiny Mouse cuts to the heart of ....

A greedy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-MacDonald uses short, rhythmic sentences and repeated refrains to keep this tale of a greedy cat that lives with a mouse flowing. One day, he eats 35 pies. Then with a "slip slop, sluuurp," he proceeds to eat a wash lady and her laundry, some soldiers and their swords, the king and his elephant, and, finally, the mouse and her sewing supplies. Of course, Mouse cuts her way out and the others follow. After that, Cat eats more sparingly and others treat him with respect. Paschkis's folklike artwork has an open, uncluttered look. Individual objects curve along and around the pages on white backgrounds, lending focus to the feline as he becomes progressively larger after devouring each new morsel. One exception to this pattern is the spread that shows everything in the cat's stomach, all on a black background. It's dark in there! A page of notes explains the source of this story. Pair it with Jack Kent's The Fat Cat (Scholastic, 1971), a more humorous version, to show how different illustrated retellings can be.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bright-color folk illustrations add zest and bounce to this tale told in many countries. Mouse, who lives with cat, is always busy cooking or sewing. This day, she makes 35 pies and the cat swallows them up, declaring, "I may be FAT, but I'm still a HUNGRY CAT!" Out the door he goes, saying, "Oh, I'm meow, meow FAT! 'Cause I'm a HUNGRY, HUNGRY CAT!" He meets in succession a washerwoman with her washtub, a company of soldiers brandishing swords, and a King on an elephant. Each of them exclaims "My, CAT! You sure are FAT!" to which the cat replies, "I may be FAT but I'm still a HUNGRY CAT!" and SLIP SLOP SLUURP! Cat swallows them down. "BURP!" When he arrives home, he eats his friend, the mouse, who happens to be sewing. She snips her way to freedom and orders, "Everybody OUT!" Because they are friends, she spends the day sewing up Cat's tummy. "Oh, I'm meow meow FLAT! 'Cause I'm an EMPTY EMPTY CAT!" says the cat. The tale ends: "And now, whenever folks meet Cat they are careful to speak with respect." The story will be a favorite read aloud and simply demands that listeners shout along. Plenty of white space sets off the pictures and heightens the art. There are, indeed, 35 pies depicted on a double page spread and the green-vested golden cat becomes satisfyingly huge as he swallows each person with their accoutrements. As expected from this scholarly storyteller (The Storyteller's Sourcebook, etc.) there is a note identifying the motif of the tale and citing other variants. (Folktale. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874837650
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 470,157
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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    Posted September 16, 2007

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    Great book for little kids :) Im reading it to pre-schoolers for a project :' I hope they like it!

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