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4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A cat who does not know how to take care of herself is abandoned in the streets of Paris and discovers self-reliance by working as a mouser at the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 1st 1987 by Advocacy Press
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Jun 21, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Impulse grab at the library because I grew up with a stray that must have been at least half Siamese.

The author's note makes it clear this was written for 'teen women' but it's a nice story on its own, sans metaphor. Maybe a titch long for the diaper set, but not as long as others imply. I still don't have any interest in visiting Paris, but those who do will no doubt love the pictures of the landmarks and people, including the sidewalk artists in the beginning.

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Feb 18, 2013 Manny rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
One of my favorite books for children. Minou, a lovingly-drawn Siamese, lives with an old artist lady in a Paris apartment. One day, the lady suddenly drops dead. (This is implied; the actual death happens off-stage). Minou, who has never had to look after herself for five minutes of her pampered life, is out on the street. She doesn't know how to cross a road, find food, anything. All she can do is act cute. But she's not quick enough with the cute, no one wants to take her in, and now she's ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Darcy rated it liked it
This is a book Betty Friedan would have liked to read her grandchildren. If I could rate this book solely on the illustrations, it would have received five stars. I absolutely loved the beautiful depictions of Paris, some of which spanned two pages. They were stunning. I thought the story itself was a little weird though. This book was a mash-up of Paris guidebook meets female (feline) empowerment. Minou is a Siamese cat whose posh, sheltered life is cut short when her elderly owner dies. She's ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
We started this book while at the library with my son's pre-school class. One of the other kids wanted me to read it to them. It's a long book, so we didn't finish it and I checked it out so that we could finish at home. Minou is a cat, a very pampered, siamese cat who is taken care of by an elderly lady in Paris. The go on walks together with Minou on a leash. One day, Minou's mistress falls ill and just like that is taken to the hospital and passes away there. She had made no arrangements for ...more
Knowing that I love cats, my most recent ex gave this to me when he was sorting through his stuff and decluttering. The illustrations are beautiful (especially Minou's quiet assertiveness, which leaps off the page) and I found myself nostalgic for Paris, even though I'm not particularly enamoured of said city. The message that female empowerment comes from developing independence and self-reliance became a bit heavy-handed towards the end (perhaps because I live that message every day), but I ...more
Dec 16, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children, Young Women
This book is a beautiful message of self sufficiency, about a cat of 'independent means'. Minou is a lovely and pampered siamese who is one day abandoned when her elderly owner passes away. She must therefore learn to take care of herself by learning to catch mice for a cathedral and earn her keep--the grateful priests leave her bowls of milk in gratitude. It is a lovely story for girls, with an unmistakeable message encouraging them to learn a trade and be in the position to provide for ...more
Chris Woods
Mar 27, 2009 Chris Woods rated it it was amazing
My friend just gave me this to read not more than twenty minutes ago. Her and I both love cats also my next door neighbor has a cat named minou. But this book was great it really holds a lot from cats and mice, to confidence and independence. Some other realities like friendship,longing, abandonment, fear and courage have a strong play throughout this short story. This is truly an amazing book for children and adults alike it really makes you feel good, inspired, and hopeful. take your time to ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
The picture in this book are "The Tourist Guide to Paris" It almost makes me want to go to Paris (almost) The pictures are great! The story isn't bad...but I feel like it is a little heavy handed with the "Career goals" and "Independence" also it is EXTREMELY LONG for a children's book! But the pictures are great and only a few words per page! I still enjoyed it!
May 22, 2009 Kathryn marked it as to-read
I think I read this as a girl and LOVED it!!! Oh wow, how did I forget about it!?!? Must find it again, and other books from this fabulous press. We had several and I loved them all! :-)
Nov 21, 2012 Anny rated it it was amazing
This was my favourite book as a child, it's lovely. I still have my book somewhere on the attic, safe in storage for the day when I have kids to read this to.
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