92nd out of 229 books — 118 voters
Piccolo, the tomcat, leads a life of adventure and possibilities until two homeless kittens adopt him. Piccolo shows boys and girls about sharing their strength with those who are smaller, younger or weaker.
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by MarshMedia
(first published June 1st 1992)
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Nov 12, 2008 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who likes cat stories
Piccolo is a carefree tomcat who lives in the narrow streets and alleys of Venice, Italy. He leads an independent life and is respected by the other cats in his territory. But one night he discovers something that threatens his carefree life and independence and starts him on a new adventure -- the adoption of two kittens who need a home and a mentor. In turn, they help him to discover his own tender heart. The gorgeous illustrations will appeal to cat lovers and children will also discover the...more
Nov 20, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Venice or Cats--those seeking books with a male nurturing character
3.5 STARS. Sweet story about a tomcat who takes care of two stranded kittens--begrudgingly at first, then with great affection and interest. As the Note to Parents in the back of the book mentions, it is sometimes difficult to find stories where a male figure is in the nurturing role, so I do appreciate that aspect of the tale. The largest appeal, though is that it takes place in Venice and I enjoyed the setting (there is a bit of historical and cultural notes in the inside cover of the books) a...more
Piccolo is a tomcat who prowls the waterways and alleys of Venice. One day on a bridge he discovered a box containing two small kittens who had been abandoned. Who will take care of them? This is a great story about compassion and responsibility, and it's beautifully illustrated too!
Apr 01, 2009 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it 4 of 5 stars
A note at the end of this book indicates that the author wanted to depict a male being a good single parent, so she did it with cats. Piccolo reluctantly, at first, adopts two stray kittens, and teaches them how to take care of themselves. It's so cute, and takes place in Venice. Questions at the end of the book can be used for discussion. Recommended!