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A cat. A seagull. An impossible task.
A worldwide bestseller and the subject of a feature film, THE STORY OF A SEAGULL... is finally out in paperback!

Her wings burdened by an oil slick, a seagull struggles to the nearest port to lay her final egg. Exhausted, she lands on a balcony where Zorba the cat is sunning himself. She extracts three extraordinary promises from him: th
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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Hend

i love this symbolic story.....
this is a wonderful novel for children and for every one, has many wonderful meanings.....
the cat(ZORBA) who has a principle in his life that he should keep his promise..
the other cats who support their friend in fulfilling his mission...
and the most beautiful value ,is that u can accept the other who is different from u and love him and take him as your family....
the one chosen to solve the problem was a sensitive person who love reading poetry,the solution for th
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ممتعة وساحرة وآسرة... مع عمق في الطرح يتناسب وعمر الأربعين ^__^ !!!0

أعادتني لعالم الطفولة وحكاياتها

القصة ممتعة والشخصيات لطيفة...والمغزى سامٍ...والترجمة رائعة...وأسلوب الكتابة احترافي...يتناسب مع ما أراده الكاتب التشيلي "لويس سبولبيدا"...فعلى الغلاف كُتِبَ: (رواية للفتيان من سن الثامنة حتى الثامنة والثمانين)

اختار لويس أن يروي قصته على لسان الحيوانات...نورس ومجموعة من القطط الظريفة المثقفة (سكرتاريو، وعارف كل شيء، وكولونلو، وبطل القصة ثورباس) والنورسة الأم، ومحظوظة النورسة الطفلة، وماتياس القرد ا
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Simona Bartolotta
«Ora volerai. Il cielo sarà tutto tuo.» miagolò Zorba.
«Non ti dimenticherò mai. E neppure gli altri gatti.» stridette lei già con metà delle zampe fuori dalla balaustra, perché come dicevano i versi di Atxaga, il suo piccolo cuore era lo stesso degli equilibristi.

Ok, ammetto di essere ancora una bambinetta sentimentale. E' impossibile essere grandicelli e vaccinati e piangere per La gabbianella e il gatto. Eppure, ebbene sì. Io l'ho fatto. E poi mi vanto di non avere la lacrimuccia facile.
Non h
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Abdullah

مدفوعاً بوعدٍ قطعه لأطفاله كتب سبولفيدا هذه الرواية القصيرة . سبقته إيزابيل الليندي إلى مثل هذه الوعود . غير أنه بادر إلى التنويه فالحكاية تلائم ابن الثامنة و ابن الثمانية و الثمانين . و القاريء ما إن يتوغل قليلاً حتى تهب على ذاكرته رياح كليلة و دمنة و قد يتطور الأمر قليلاً لتأتي حيوانات أورويل الشقية . الحكاية في منتهى البساطة و الألفة فالنورس قليل الحظ يسقط في بقعة زيت لناقلة نفط عملاقة في عرض البحر فيقضي نحبه و هو يلوم بني البشر . و لكنه قبل ذلك يودع بيضته قط منزلي كان قد عاهده بدافع الشفقة أ
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Kathryn
3.5 STARS

I really appreciate some things about this story. I loved the camaraderie and the distinct characters of the port cats. I thought it was great how they are so honorable, especially Zorba, who goes above and beyond to honor the dying wishes of a gull help raise her baby seagull until the baby is able to fly. The conversations between the cats are so much fun, especially when the Col. and SevenSeas are in the mix. Great fun and well realized characters, especially for such a short book.
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Anhmai Vu
"Chúng ta đã bảo vệ con từ khoảnh khắc con mổ vỡ lớp vỏ trứng ra đời. chúng ta đã dành cho con sự chăm sóc mà không hề nghĩ tới việc biến con thành một con mèo. Chúng ta yêu con như yêu một con hải âu. Chúng ta cảm thấy con cũng yêu chúng ta như vậy, chúng ta là bạn con, là gia đình của con, và chúng ta muốn con biết rằng nhờ con, chúng ta đã học được một điều đáng tự hào: chúng ta học được cách trân trọng ,quý mến và yêu thương một kẻ không giống chúng ta. Thật dễ dàng để chấp nhận và yêu thươn ...more
Sara ♥
This was a really cute little book about a baby seagull who is entrusted to a fat black cat by a dying mother seagull (oil spill)... The mama seagull makes the cat promise to (1) watch over the egg she has just hatched, (2) not eat the egg, and (3) teach the baby gull to fly when it's time.

It was super adorable how to fat cat (Zorba) consulted with his cat friends to figure out how to take care of the egg and baby gull... how they figured out that the seagull was a little girl bird and named her
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عمر الخير
علي الغلاف مكتوب


رواية للفتيان من الثامنة وحتي الثامنة والثمانين


أول مرة خالص قرأتها من سنين
مخدتش بالي اصلاً من السطر دا
بس فاكر أني كطفل كنت "منشكح" أوي بيها

لما بعد كذا سنة قرأتها تاني
اتبطت برده وحسيت بروح طفولية ساحرة
وفي نفس الوقت حسيت عمق في معاني حاجات
مخدتش بالي منها لما قرأتها وانا صغير
اسماء الشخصيات ووظائفهم وابعادهم
الأمومة وصعبتها
الخوف .. الخ الخ

واظن اني لو قرأتها كمان كذا سنة
هشوف فيها حاجات تانية جديدة

عشان تصدق في كلامها


رواية للفتيان من الثامنة وحتي الثامنة والثمانين
Nada M H
رائعة بكل ما تحويه الكلمة من معنى
السهل الممتنع حين تجمع الكلمات البساطة والحكمة
معانٍ كثيرة مستترة تنتظر لبيبا يكشف عنها الغطاء
هي حقا لكل الأعمار، كلٌّ يفهم منها وفق نظرته وخلفيته و ثقافته:
الخروج من عبارات التعميم
تقبّل الآخر
قوة الصداقة
احترام العهد
التضحية من أجل الوصول للهدف مع مراعاة المحيط
اجتماع القوة والحنان
ثم لا ينقذ العالم إلا شاعر:)
بعضٌ مما استنبطته ولا يزال مخي يعمل
أزعجني وجود خطأ نحوي تكرر كثيرا وهو عدم حذف حرف العلة للفعل المجزوم
لكن كان هناك قواعد لغوية محترمة و متّبعة
أنصحكم بها جدا ^_^
Cheryl
Funny and moving both. Imaginative. I just wish the bird the cats rescued were a more interesting one. Seagulls, as a species, don't need help. Oh, and btw, pelicans aren't ugly, either. Still, it's a sweet fable for all ages.
Mai Ngoc
"Thật dễ dàng để chấp nhận và yêu thương một kẻ nào đó giống mình, nhưng để yêu thương ai đó khác mình thực sự rất khó khăn..."
"Chuyện con mèo dạy hải âu bay" thực sự là một câu chuyện nhẹ nhàng, dễ thương mà sâu lắng, đậm chất nhân văn vô cùng.
Ngay từ lúc đầu tiên nhìn thấy bìa sách, bản năng tò mò đã thôi thúc tôi phải tìm đọc cuốn sách này cho bằng được, để xem xem, con mèo mập ú trên trang bìa kia sẽ tìm cách nào để dạy cho chim hải âu bay đây. Và rồi cứ như thế, từ những dòng chữ đầu tiên,
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Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Una storia che si legge in un pomeriggio, magari piovoso come questo in cui sto scrivendo, con una predisposizione d'animo malinconico e pensieroso, dove si accoglie volentieri un abbraccio morbido come può esserlo quello di un gatto acciambellato sulle gambe.
Si vede l'attaccamento dell'autore suo gatto Zorba (morto prematuramente) e la dedica ai figli la dice lunga su quanto un uomo o una famiglia possa considerare un animale come parte di essa. Un tributo, un ricordo ad un gatto a cui si è vol
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Suicidekitty
"....En las tres casas, unidas por pasadizos y estrechas escaleras, había cerca de un millón de objetos, entre los que cabe destacar: 7200 sombreros de alas flexibles para que no se los llevara el viento;160 ruedas de timón de barcos mareados a fuerzas de dar vueltas al mundo; 245 fanales de embarcaciones que desafiaron las más espesas nieblas; 12 telégrafos de mandos aporreados por las manos de iracundos capitanes; 256 brújulas que jamás perdieron el norte; 6 elefantes de madera de tamaño natur ...more
Célia
História de uma Gaivota e do Gato que a ensinou a Voar já tinha sido anteriormente publicado pelas Edições ASA, em 1997, e conhece agora uma nova edição com ilustrações da alemã Sabine Wilharm, pela Porto Editora.

Direccionado a um público mais jovem (está inclusivamente incluído no PNL), é um livro que facilmente apaixona os mais adultos. A gaivota Kengah é apanhada num derrame de petróleo e já moribunda pede ao gato Zorbas para cuidar do seu ovo e assegurar que a gaivotinha aprenda a voar. Mas
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مصطفى درويش
"قصة النورس والقط الذي علمه الطيران"
رواية أنيقة ولذيذة، تنتهي في جلسة واحدة. تنفع حكاية للأطفال وهذا من أسباب كتابتها إذ وعد الكاتب بها أبنائه. كما أنها تخبر عن قليل مما يقوم به الشر من إجرام في حق الكائنات الأخرى، لكن ليس بصورة مرعبة جدا !
ليس في الرواية مفاجآت في السرد، بل متتالية لطيفة، وأنت تعرف نهايتها بالطبع. فالقط سيعلم النورس الطيران، والرواية تخبرك عن الكيفية.
ولأننا قرأنا "كليلة ودمنة" فالحكي على لسان الحيوانات ليس من الأمور المبهرة جدا لدينا.
Maria João
Este é o primeiro livro que leio de Luís Sepúlveda, e quero mais!
É delicioso encontrar contadores de fábulas contemporâneos, com capacidade para criar livros transversais, apreciados tanto pelo público infanto-juvenil como por adultos.
Claro que, dependendo da idade com que se leia esta história, as ilações de que se retiram são diversas. Mas as verdades e os valores aqui passados são universais: o poder da amizade e da entreajuda, a honra que uma promessa encerra, a aceitação daqueles que são d
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Francisco Gama
"Sólo vuela el que se atreve a hacerlo"
Un libro cortito, entretenido y muy bonito.
Descubran cómo es que un gato le enseña a volar a una gaviota.
Katsumi
Several themes resonate throughout the book, including the damage that humans inflict on nature in an effort to advance. The biggest message, however, involves diversity: "[the cats:] learned to appreciate and respect and love someone who's different from us. It's very easy to accept and love those who are like us, but to love someone different is very hard, and you have helped us to do that." Lucky, the baby gull, m must learn to trust cats, and finally the cats must learn to trust a human to h ...more
Julián
At first, it was a bit sad, but the whole story is so simple and beautiful.
Reviera
Tik, tik, TIK mīlīga bērnu grāmatiņa! Mazliet skumīgi, naivi un ļoti mīļi ^^
Jenny
This is a sweet story of a cat who promises a dying seagull that he will take care of her egg, care for the baby gull and teach it to fly. He is an honorable cat and keeps his word, along with the other cats of the port. Great tale of friendship. I loved Einstein and his encyclopedias. Agreed with others who wished the criticism of humans for pollution had not been quite so direct and repeated. Could have gotten the message across in a more subtle, less distracting way. But other than that, I re ...more
Marta
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Approfittando di qualche ora di relax, ho praticamente divorato questa sorta di fiaba che alla fine mi ha lasciato un sorriso impresso sulle labbra.
La storia la conoscevo già, avendo visto il cartone ispirato.
Tutto ha inizio quando Kengah, una giovane gabbiana, si tuffa insieme al suo stormo nel mare, pronta ad azzuffare un bel banco di arringhe. Purtroppo, però, al momento di volare via, Kengah si attarda e viene avvolta da qualcosa di scuro e appiccicoso
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Dora María
Una tierna historia entre una gaviota y un gato que la cuida como su madre. Mucho mensaje en la relación entre estos seres distintos y de lo que opinan los animales de nosotros - si pudieran ponerse a charlar-. Escritura simpática, me gustaron varios elementos que se incluyen en la historia, el humano al que confían el problema de la gaviota y la música que escucha este personaje que es mi favorita, muy significativas estas dos sorpresas con las que me encontré.
PekeDevil
Una historia cortita, preciosa, adorable y que me marcó mucho. Fue uno de los primeros libros que leí, pero no es nada infantil. Pude hacer una relectura hace poco y tiene más mensaje del que percibí siendo pequeña. A parte del ambiente de "fábula" también están los mensajes que manda: que nos cargamos el planeta, que nos creemos superiores pero puede que no seamos tan especiales. Que la amistad entres seres completamente opuestos es posible, y que de esa colaboración pueden nacer cosas maravil ...more
Lori
This is a cute Juv novel about a cat who is entrusted with the care of a seagull egg by the mother seagull who is dying after being caught in an oil spill. The cat promises to take care of the egg, not to eat the chick when it hatches and to teach it to fly.

Kind of a feel-good animal story.
Jean Baptiste de Goncourt
One of the most touching books I've read hitherto! In the end I was full with tears because the seagull it's a part of anyone of us, a part of our innermost reality. Luis Sepulveda has an abudantly competent wit and expertise in expressing feelings and ideas!
Allen Cook
The reason I chose to read this book was to interest my wife in reading, she is very intelligent but still has a 8th grade reading level. Cats are one of her favorite things in the world so I hoped that it would appeal to her. I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to some one who is struggling to read. the reading level is adequate and the chapters are short. although I doubt I will ever see this book as a focus in the class room it would make an excellent choice for a personal re ...more
Maria Carmo
This book is so perfect that it is possible to read and love it at any age!
What would you do, if you were a kitten who adopted a seagull?
If this doesn't make you curious, nothing will!

READ THIS BOOK!

Maria Carmo

Lisbon 8th July 2011.
Cucnguyen
This book made me feel touched for simple but very humane things which teach people to love and respect ones who are different from us. Very lovely and sweet!
Waissera
Review for The Story of a Seagull and the Cat that Taught her to Fly/Cornwell-Wright/3B/7th
The Lexile score for this book is 880.
This book is fiction and adventure.
This book is 128 pages long.
This book is a boring book, that moves too fast. On the positive side, this book gives many positive messages. Also, the book has two different points of view. The book has an excellent ending. On the negative side, the book moves fastly, in which there is no time for setbacks to occur in the story. Also, t
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