Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar (The Story of the Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly)

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Un gato. Una gaviota. Una misión imposible...

Con las alas pesadas y negras por el petróleo, una gaviota lucha por llegar al puerto más cercano para poner su último huevo. Aterriza en el balcón de un edificio de departamentos donde conoce a un gato gordo y bonachón llamado Zorbas. La gaviota le hace prometer al gato que cuidará de su huevo, que no se lo comerá, y que, cuando llegue el momento, enseñará a volar al pollito.

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Un gato. Una gaviota. Una misión imposible...

Con las alas pesadas y negras por el petróleo, una gaviota lucha por llegar al puerto más cercano para poner su último huevo. Aterriza en el balcón de un edificio de departamentos donde conoce a un gato gordo y bonachón llamado Zorbas. La gaviota le hace prometer al gato que cuidará de su huevo, que no se lo comerá, y que, cuando llegue el momento, enseñará a volar al pollito.

Como es un gato de honor, Zorbas cumple su promesa. No come el huevo y tampoco deja que sus amigotes Sabelotodo, Secretario y Colonello se lo coman. Pero, ¿cómo se las arreglarán cuatro gatos solterones para enseñar a volar a una gaviota?

Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar es una novela muy bien escrita sobre los sacrificios que un padre está dispuesto a hacer por su hijo. Con ternura y sentido del humor, este libro nos demuestra que el amor puede superar las diferencias más grandes.

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Exquisita, bien escrita con buen lenguaje, bella y bellamente ilustrada, Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar, es una novela corta que cautiva a niños, no tan niños, y a gente "adulta". Amigos y "dueños" de mascotas apreciarán la "animalización" de los humanos, sabiamente analizados por un inteligente grupo de gatos políglotas (hablan muchas lenguas en animal y humano) de puerto y bar, y una gaviota bebé que los llama "Mami". Dulce, con buen sentido del humor que por momentos arranca carcajadas, y con giros interesantes, esta es una historia atrapante de principio a fin en la que todas y cada una de las escenas es arte y parte. (Patricia Arancibia).
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"Humans, unfortunately, are unpredictable. Often it's with the best intentions that they cause the greatest damage." So says the wise cat, Colonel, in Sepulveda's charming tale of devotion, courage and the importance of keeping one's word. A man-made disaster indeed gets the story started: a female gull becomes mired in an enormous oil slick and expends all of her remaining energy in a final flight to safety. She lands on the balcony of an apartment building, where she meets the fat black cat Zorba and extracts a threefold promise from him: that he will not eat the egg she is about to lay, that he will look after it and, once it is hatched, that he will teach the fledgling how to fly. Zorba enlists the help of his good and noble friends ("He gave his word of honor, and the word of one cat of the port is the word of all the cats of the port," says Colonel). Each is endearing and distinctive, from the sage but stammering Colonel to the hilariously forthright Secretario to the encyclopedia-consulting Einstein. With shades of the friendship between a spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur, the relationship between Zorba and Lucky (the name the feline gives the baby gull) explores fundamental questions of life and death, and following one's calling. Sepulveda also fills the brief chapters with memorable everyday moments: the busy Italian restaurant that serves the cats around the back (but only with a reservation), the catalogue of wonders cached in the house of Harry, a human friend to the cats. The language throughout, translated by Peden, is a marvel of economy and warmth, and Sheban's delicate charcoal and pastel illustrations heighten the sense of magic (particularly a wordless spread of Lucky taking flight over Hamburg by night). Readers will hope for the further adventures of these two unlikely friends. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 4-6-This delightful book has an imaginative and endearing cast of characters, an unusual setting, and a unique plot line. A mother gull takes a break in her seasonal migration to fish for herring. She becomes mired in an oil slick from which she must free herself. With her last ounce of energy, she flies to port in Hamburg. Once there, she lands on the balcony of an apartment building where she implores the startled feline resident, Zorba (a rotund black cat), to take care of the egg she's about to lay. The cat, who until now has led a languid life, rises to the occasion and promises to hatch the egg, protect it from predators, and, ultimately, to teach the fledgling to fly. Along the way he must enlist the help of an eccentric cast of characters. The animals unite in their honorable quest and mange to successfully raise the chick that bonds immediately with Zorba, calling him mam . The real challenge is in convincing the young seagull that she is not, indeed, a cat, and that the time has come to spread her wings and fly. The pacing of the story is lively, and the characters are very engaging. The dark charcoal and pencil drawings are brooding and mysterious, lending yet another dimension to the text. This book will certainly delight readers in this age group, despite the sometimes difficult vocabulary. Highly recommended for school and public libraries as well as bookstores. Maria Otero-Boisvert, "Criticas" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439560269
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 126
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Luis Sepúlveda nació en el norte de Chile, pero se tuvo que exiliar por su participación en el movimiento estudiantil de su país. Es autor de cuentos cortos, novelas, obras de teatro, radionovelas, y ensayos que, junto con su primer libro para niños, Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar, han sido publicados en más de 30 países. Luis Sepúlveda y su familia vivieron 10 años en Alemania y, desde 1997, radican en Gijón, España.

Chris Sheban ha cobrado fama por sus bellas ilustraciones de las sobrecubiertas de Tiger Raising y Because of Winn-Dixie, ambos de la autora Kate DiCamilo. Recientemente ilustró The Shoe Tree of Chagrin, un libro de Patrick Lewis. Chris Sheban vive en Northbrook, Illinois.

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