My all-time favorite story.
ISBN 0785300260 - The Fairy Tale Treasury series is attractive in part because of the size of the books. Just about pocket-sized, they travel easily. For the parents who worry, reasonably or otherwise, about every possible message their child might get from a book, the classic Puss in Boots has a bad one for you - lying is greatly rewarded. For the more rational parents, it's a pleasure to share the classics with your kids.
When he dies, a poor man leaves little for his three sons to divide amongst themselves; the youngest is left with a cat. No ordinary cat, he promises to make his new owner the luckiest son of all if only he'll give the cat a sack and a pair of boots. Puss becomes friendly with the King in his owner's name - which he now makes the Duke of Carabas. Through trickery, Puss maneuvers the situation until the King offers the Duke his daughter's hand in marriage.
The illustrations by Susan Spellman are okay, although nothing spectacular. The story is short and Jerrard does a fair job in her adaptation. Fairy tales, the good ones, the original ones, tend to be a little rough according to many present-day parents. For example, Puss tells farmers that they must do as he says or "the Ogre who lives in that far castle will chop you into tiny pieces for stew!". If that sort of thing is going to bother you, this isn't a book for you.