In a dusty mountain village of Oaxaca, the local healer returns from market with a litter of twenty-five kittens. The unfamiliar animals are not a welcome arrival. Misconceptions about cats abound, and some people go to great lengths to make the good healer get rid of them. But when an evil spell threatens a member of the community, the Mixtec cats prove their worth and win their way into the villagers’ hearts.100 Children’s Titles for Reading and Sharing—New York Public LibraryArtwork honored by the Society of Illustrators in New YorkFilm Advisory Board Award for ExcellencePaintings and text displayed in Art Institute of Chicago and over 40 museums nationwide
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Matthew Gollub is a nationally known children’s author, speaker and performer. He has created 18 picture books which together have garnered 25 national awards and distinctions. His musical narrations on audio CDs accompany some of his most popular books including The Jazz Fly and Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga. A dynamic drummer and bilingual presenter, he has also performed at over 1,000 elementary schools nationwide, inspiring students and families to read for fun. He lives with his family in Santa Rosa, CA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this Mexican folktale. When no one wanted to help the homeless kittens, the healer did. Everyone turned against the healer who had helped them at every chance he could. Once the people really needed the healer's help, they confided in him and his cats to help the baker and amazingly healed the baker, but hurt the healer. Then, when no one could help the healer, the cats stepped up and helped the healer, the cats restored the life of one who let them keep life. This book can be used to teach children not to judge things or situations by how they look on the outside. It could also relate to the popular saying of "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours." In the end, the folktale is all about helping others and believing in others, no matter what they believe in them selves.