Sitti and the Cats: A Tale of Friendship

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An enchanting tale that has been told to Palestinian children for centuries, this is the story of an old woman whom all the villagers call Sitti, "grandmother, " who was alone in the world. One day she rescues a stranded kitten, and through that single act of kindness changes her life. Full color.

A poor old woman who lives alone in a small village has a magical encounter with elegantly dressed talking cats, whose generous gifts help her bring an understanding of the...

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Overview

An enchanting tale that has been told to Palestinian children for centuries, this is the story of an old woman whom all the villagers call Sitti, "grandmother, " who was alone in the world. One day she rescues a stranded kitten, and through that single act of kindness changes her life. Full color.

A poor old woman who lives alone in a small village has a magical encounter with elegantly dressed talking cats, whose generous gifts help her bring an understanding of the value of kindness to a selfish neighbor.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Unlike many European fairy tales, in which the bad guys get their just deserts, this tale reflects the Palestinian values of friendship and community, allowing the errant member to correct her ways and return to society. Encountering a fully dressed cat in need of assistance, old Sitti is rewarded for her kindness with bags of onion and garlic peels, which later turn into gold and silver. Upon learning of her neighbor's good fortune, a selfish woman goes to the cats' kingdom and rudely demands the same gifts. She receives them, but the peels turn into bees and wasps that would have stung her to death if not for Sitti's quick ministrations. Bahous's introductory remarks about her Palestinian childhood lend a warm, personal touch to the book. Insets throughout the text offer other information that, although useful, sometimes interferes with the narrative and with the superb illustrations. Malick captures the harsh contrasts of the landscape by using gray-green and purple watercolors against warm oranges and reds. Gnarled olive trees twist their way toward a scorching sun, casting mystical shadows over a place where the magic of change is always possible. The double-page spreads allow for story-time sharing, but the involved text and glossary are more appropriate for mature independent readers.-Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570981715
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,299,284
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    Sitti and the Cats leaves warm fuzzy feeling

    Sitti and the Cats is a Palestinian tale told by Sally Bahous. This tale was passed down through generations in her family. The story is about an old, lonely woman who does her best to survive an unusually cold winter. She rescues a kitten up a tree and the kitten takes Sitti to a cave where lots of cats and kittens live. The queen cat, Malika, rewards Sitti with bags of onion and garlic peels for saving the kitten. Some Palestinian magic comes into play during the night, but you'll have to read the book to see what happens! Sally Bahous does an excellent job translating necessary Arabic words for readers so that they can better understand the story and the names involved.

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