The Catwings books are among the most beloved, and treasured books my children and I have ever stumbled upon. The messages of motherly love, overcoming fear, and the value of family are beautifully demonstrated, with excitement, imagination and in a way 'kitty' lovers of any age, will never forget. Though the story is much more than it appears on the surface- the last paragraph still lingers and echos words of hope in this tired 'little girls' heart.
A wonderful little series- for people of all ages.
At first Mrs. Jane Tabby can't understand why her four kittens have been born with wings. Then she realizes that they will be able to fly away from their dreary and dangerous city neighborhood. (Mrs. T. can't come with them because she is going to marry Mr. Tom Jones, and ``I don't want you children underfoot!'') So the kittens sadly leave their mother and go off into the world. After some mild adventures, they settle in a wooded area and learn to forage for themselves. Then danger appears in the form of a large owl. Luckily at this point Harriet, the smallest kitten, discovers Susan and Hank Brown from a neighboring farm. The tale ends happily with the cats snuggled up to the children and the promise of a safe new home. Cats are always appealing, and winged cats should be doubly so.
Julia G. reviewed Catwings (Catwings (Hardcover)) on
Really sweet, simple, creative story for early readers. I loooove Ursula LeGuin's adult books, and I was delighted to find she does books for young children, too! What doesn't this author do? ;) Anyway, this book reminds me of the 'Frog and Toad' series...it is very thin, has simple language (maybe a bit more complicated than Frog and Toad), with a sweet, easy to understand, theme. Highly recommended for early readers, or those ready for their first "chapter books".
From Publishers Weekly
Down an alley in a dumpster, Mrs. Jane Tabby gives birth to four kittens. But these are no ordinary offspringeach has a pair of wings. Although Mrs. Tabby is unperturbed by her kittens\' appearance, her neighbors are not so charitable; when the kittens are old enough to fly, Mrs. Tabby sends her children out into the world. Because both winged and four-footed creatures mistrust them, the kittens have trouble finding a place to live, but eventually discover a loving home. LeGuin, author of the distinguished Earthsea Trilogy and other books, has written a small gem of a book, with convincing and intriguing characters. Dark watercolor etchings by S. D. Schindler further convey the plight of these airborne felines and their seeking of a home. A Richard Jackson Book. Ages 7-10.