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I Am the Cat by Alice Schertle, Mark Buehner

Clever? Certainly
Conceited? Of course.
Graceful and greedy and proud.

In poems and paintings as wise and wicket as the Cat herself, Alice Schertle and Mark Buehner present this most magnificent of creatures in all her glory: taunting the dogs, stalking a mouse, mistress of both earth and sky – and ever mindful of her own splendid role! Who can resist her charms? Here then, the CAT!

Clever? Certainly.
Conceited? Of course.
Graceful and greedy and proud.

In poems and paintings as wise and wicked as the Cat herself, Alice Schertle and Mark Buehner present this most magnificent of creatures in all her glory: taunting the dogs, stalking a mouse, "mistress of both earth and sky" - and ever mindful of her own splendid role! Who can resist her charms? Here then, the CAT!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688131548
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 9.68(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 6 Years

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The Cat's Version

In the beginning,
when the Cat could fly,
the Master placed a pan
of white milk
in the sky.
"The world is yours," he told the Cat.
"Eat everything. Grow fat.
Live off the land.
Keep only this command:
You must not drink the moon."

And so the Cat was mistress
of both earth and sky.
(I told you that
the Cat
could fly.)
She soared on silken wings
as own or kestrel might,
and dropped with ease
to seize
whatever pleased her appetite.

But, oh! The moon!
Her green eyes burned
to see it hanging there.
And when her Master's back was turned,
she flew up through the air and drank it dry.
Then, seeing what she did,
she sank down
from the sky
and hid.

She licked her paw
and rubbed her face.
She could not wash away
the trace of sin.
The Master found the Cat with moonmilk
on her chin.
His awful voice cried,
"Scat!"
And so she fell from grace.
He took away her wings....

You understand,
the Cat
has had a taste
of higher things
than living low like
common bugs and frogs,
keeping alleyways,
and being chased
by dogs.

My cat strolls into
the house with one small feather
stuck to her whisker

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