Stories to Tell a Cat

Stories to Tell a Cat

by Alvin Schwartz, Catherine Huerta

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Stephanie Zvirin
Though you'd never know it by looking at the fetching dust jacket (a perky green parrot sits atop the head of a friendly looking marmalade cat), this collection of cat stuff isn't for children who want to read about cuddly critters. In fact, the late Schwartz's first story reads very much like a horror tale. So do several others in the roundup of cat stories and poems that folklorist Schwartz adapted from a variety of sources. But even though Schwartz's cats rarely purr sweetly, they are certainly an intriguing lot. In "Make-Believe Cats," for example, cats sketched on a screen spring heroically to life to save a boy from rats; and in "The Fastest Cat on Earth," a funny takeoff on the familiar fable about the tortoise and the hare, a self-satisfied feline meets its match in a clever crab. As usual, Schwartz conscientiously included source notes, which also make interesting reading.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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9 Years

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