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The White Cat

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The White Cat helps the youngest prince win his father's throne.

A retelling of Madame D'Aulnoy's La chatte blanche.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1989)
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Jul 14, 2009 Jenelle rated it it was ok
Here's another book that had good reviews on amazon, yet proved to be just plain weird!

To start off, I was already familiar with this fairy tale from Dean's A Book of Fairy Tales, so I know a normal version already exists. Also, as a student of literature, I get how the literary tradition of folk tales works, so I know that often times there is incomplete and nonsensical information in the traditional story that leave a lot of holes.

However, this book was like reading someone's made-up-on-the-sp
Beautiful tapestry style pictures. Good pic for 3rd/4th grade readers.
Sep 11, 2016 Mariah rated it really liked it
Spirin's illustrations are gorgeous. The rat-laden eggshell ships in the tea-stained sea battle scene resemble a child-friendly Bosch painting, if ever there could be such a thing. The story is a very predictable European fairy tale of three tasks a prince must perform in order to inherit his kingdom. The white cat is a female version of the beast from beauty and the beast, although the prince is attracted to this lady cat from the moment he meets her.
Sep 16, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
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Oct 30, 2015 Meltha rated it really liked it
I had originally been told that this was a variation on "Rumpelstiltskin," but the connection is really, really vague. A prince is set a series of three impossible tasks, and an anthropomorphic white cat helps him fulfill them. That's about the only similarity, though. There is no death threat, and more importantly no guessing of the cat's name (though she isn't what she appears to be). That said, it's a fun fairy tale, and less grizzly than the one I dimly remember reading that involved ...more
I love this fairy tale, sadly most readers doesn't seem to know it. The White Cat is way too fantastic than almost all the other fairy tales but still here we have a rather longer courtship and the princess asks the prince's hand in marriage! How cool is that for a fairytale?

While many elements (connecting to "Rapunzel") of the older story have been left out, it's still nice and I enjoyed the reading.
Apr 16, 2011 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, children
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May 03, 2009 Merlynn rated it really liked it
Absolute favorite fairy tale of all time. I remember reading this in a big book of fairy tales we had as children, couldn't find it anywhere, but my mom found this version and gave it to me for my birthday. Still wish I could find the original big book we had it in, the illustrations in that were AMAZING. they don't do them like that anymore.:(
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Sep 15, 2014 P is for Polly rated it it was amazing
This original fairy tale was written in french by a remarkable femalel writer. If I remember correctly it was over 900 pages long. I'd love to write my own version of this tale. My favorite part is how much fabric fits into a walnut shell. Oh, and the tiny dogs one after another are to die for. Plus, how cool to mary a cat princess right?
Feb 04, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fantastic fairy tale from France. The narrative is entertaining and the illustrations by Gennady Spirin are gorgeously detailed. We really enjoyed readign this book together.
Jul 03, 2012 Marie rated it it was amazing
This fairy tale was adorable! The illustrations in this version are beautiful and detailed. (Even if the story was not enjoyable, I would still love the illustrations!) Definitely a great addition to any fairy tale collection.
Thomas Andrikus
This French fairy tale, which is derived from La chatte blanche in Madame d'Aulnoy's Les Coutes de fées,first published in Paris in 1698.

A truly interesting tale of integrity.
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