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Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Why are cats and mice enemies?

Why do cats always land on their feet?

Are cats as smart as they seem?

Here's a story behind each of these feline traits. For centuries, people everywhere, from Tibet to Oman to Scotland to the United States, have been fascinated with cats and their intriguing personalities. In this captivating collection, New York Times best-selling author Jane
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Oct 14, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e, j, non-fiction
Beautiful illustrations with cute short stories.
Jesse German
Mar 30, 2014 Jesse German rated it it was amazing
This was a really great collection of folktales all about cats (and I'm a huge cat fan)! These stories came from all around the world. It was interesting getting to read folktales that I had never heard of before and getting to see where they came from. This book teaches a lot of great life lessons and I think it would be beneficial for everyone to read. There was one page titled "What People Say about Cats" and it had where the quotes originated from. This page was my favorite because I thought ...more
May 13, 2009 Agnes rated it liked it
The Mouse and the Cat - India (cat gets trapped by a hunter, mouse helps him get out of the trap but cleverly so the cat does not catch mouse)

Nursery Rhymes - Three Little Kittens

The Cat and the Fox - Aesop (Moral: One good trick is better than a dozen bad ones.) Cat comes out on top

Rambe and Ambe - Tibet (row of mice parade in front of cat who snacks on the last one but the two title characters outsmart cat in the end)

What People Say About Cats ("Curiosity killed the cat" - England

Why Tiger is
Jan 12, 2009 Ruhama rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Know any cat lovers? Direct them to this book, filled with short stories, sayings and poems about cats! Yolen has stories from Scotland, Tibet, Oman, Burma and the Congo, all celebrating and explaining cats. You receive a little education from some stories, entertainment from others. The illustrations are cute, rather anime-like in spots, and they grace every page--some are spot illustrations, others are full page.
Feb 24, 2010 Logan rated it liked it
Cute tales, but not as long or engaging as her books for strong girls and strong boys. Logan liked the stories "Cat and Rat" about how cat and rat used to live together in harmony and how that changed; and "Why do Cats Always Land on their Feet," a Chippewa tale. He was bored by the nursery rhymes, which are old news to him and by most of the sayings.
Absolutely beautiful illustrations and a great deal of variety included: nursery rhymes, fables (Aesop), fairy tales, folk tales, and quotes from all over the world about cats.
A fascinating collection of cat stories and nursery rhymes. Each story is short, so it's easy to read two or three at any time. We love cats, and we really enjoyed these stories.
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Cat stories. We cannot resist cat stories. WE are drawn to them. A fine collection.
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I think most of the stories are too advanced for younger children.
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Boring and seeming to be hastily slapped together.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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