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Cô hải âu Kengah bị nhấn chìm trong váng dầu – thứ chất thải nguy hiểm mà những con người xấu xa bí mật đổ ra đại dương. Với nỗ lực đầy tuyệt vọng, cô bay vào bến cảng Hamburg và rơi xuống ban công của con mèo mun, to đùng, mập ú Zorba. Trong phút cuối cuộc đời, cô sinh ra một quả trứng và con mèo mun hứa với cô sẽ thực hiện ba lời hứa chừng như không tưởng với loài mèo:

Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Nhã Nam & NXB Hội Nhà Văn (first published October 1996)
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Huong Because it's too short, maybe. I personally like it very much.

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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
Now I originally read Luis Sepúlveda's 1996 The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly (titled Historia de una gaviota y el gato que le enseñó a volar in its original Spanish, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, with Chris Sheban providing the accompanying illustrations) in August 2010 for a Children's Literature Group read. And yes indeed, considering that the summer of 2010 was also the time of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill tragedy and fiasco, perusing The Story of a Seagull a ...more
Caro the Helmet Lady
Great story, but at least half the fun is created by illustrations. All the editions compared, Lithuanian ones are the best, ha! :) All respect goes to Lina Dūdaitė, because probably for the first time in my life I see cats that have been drawn by someone with such love and detail.
Zorba, a fat black cat, will be alone this summer while his boy’s family go on holiday – convenient given the adventure that’s about to befall him. Kengah, an exhausted and oil-drenched seagull, lands on his balcony and lays a final, precious egg. She makes Zorba promise he will not eat the egg but will look after her baby and teach it to fly. He enlists his motley group of friends, fellow cats at the port of Hamburg, to help him figure out how to raise a chick. Sepúlveda, a Chilean author, was ...more

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.
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
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Readers Who Enjoy Animal Fiction / Anyone Who Appreciates More Philosophical Fiction
The first, and (as far as I am aware) only children's book from Luis Sepúlveda, expatriate Chilean author and political dissident, The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly is a brief allegorical animal-fantasy, touching upon themes such as humanity's impact on (and abuse of) the environment, the importance of keeping one's word, whatever the challenges, and the nature of love in a diverse world. It begins with two separate narratives - that of Kengah, a seagull who becomes separa ...more
'Εφη Μυλωνά
loved it!
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ipek Soran
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best children's books I've ever read. A must-read. A beautiful and touching story.
A very beautiful story about a black cat called Zorba and the dying wishes of a seagull.
Zorba was left home alone during family's summer holidays. A family's friend come every day to open a can for him and put clean water to his bowl.
Kengah know she will die. She is very exhausted and oil-drenched when she falls in the balcony where Zorba is lying under the sunshine. She lays her last precious egg and ask Zorba to teach it to fly...
Eleni Antoniou
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and touching story about human stupidity on the one hand and animal generosity and magnificence on the other hand. I love how Sepulveda elevates animals to a level greater than humans, judging the latter for their destructive effect on nature's purity and the disruption of the chain of the living organisms harmoniously coexisting. And let's not forget how cats are presented as extremely intelligent, brave, altruistic, hilarious and so unique ...! Gotta love that!
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!


Maria Carmo

Lisbon 8th July 2011.
Felice Mauro
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommended to young people, but not only... you can learn something about friendship, respect, ...
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, it was a bit sad, but the whole story is so simple and beautiful.
May May
This book is perfect for everyone no matter how old they are because this book taught us a bunch of valuable lessons regarding one's perception and responsibility. A simple story follows the unfortunate event of a seagull who was left behind because she was in the middle of catching her 4th sardine. When she raised her head from the water she realized her flock was gone; and she herself was now facing the Death of Ocean- dirty wasted oil which could blind any unlucky seagull and leave them to th ...more
Ana de Oliveira Casella
Amazing character construction in such a strong and compelling setting as the Port of Hamburg. Beautifully well written, poetic and humorous at the same time. Big topics such as environmental issues or animal exploitation arise naturally in the narrative without being imposed on the reader, or just for the sake of it. This timeless story appeals to children of different ages and adults alike and it’s the perfect read aloud!
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Y si todo esto es un sueño, qué importa. Me gusta y quiero seguir soñándolo.”
More and less: "If this is all a dream, I do not care. I love it and I want to keep on dreaming."
Read in Spanish, it deals with the meeting of two worlds which differs form each other that leads to mutual respect, support and personal enrichment. Love and respect for nature is another central theme.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I read both the Spanish edition by TusQuets and the Arthur A. Levine Books (Schoolastic) edition. It was particularly good for an emerging Spanish reader like me. I enjoyed the fantastic and comic elements.

I was frustrated with the Goodreads site that it would not let me record my reading of these different editions as separate books.
Martine Carlsson
Lovely, lovely book! <3 Emotional and deep. ...more
A cute children’s story that I re-read in Spanish to practice a bit since it’s so rusty!
Maria Felgueiras
A beautiful story beautifully illustrated. Just loved it and will definitely read it again and again.
Carol Blakeman
Cute story. A little too much human bashing for my taste.
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book because it tells you that you should always take care of someone even if it is not yours. I like it because it gives you a lesson that should be around more often. I recommend this book to 5 graders because they could understand what the author wanted better and they could use it to help others somehow and someway.
Alexa Peralta
Aug 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this symbolic story. It has an many wonderful meanings. The cat Zorba -my favorite character- kept his promise of teaching the seagull how to fly. When the egg hatched it was a girl and they named her Lucky, such a cute name.
Zorba had many friends that helped him fulfill his promise, by taking in the seagull and acting like the seagull's family. The really neat thing about this story is that it shows how even thought there two different animals they still became a family. Zorba
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*4.5 stars*

“We've learnt to appreciate and respect and love someone who's different from us. It is very easy to accept and love those who are like us, but to love someone different is very hard, and you helped us to do that.”

I just loved this book. It's a tiny one but it holds such an inspiring and beautiful story. What an amazing start for my 2017! I loved the cartoon as a kid and I've always wanted to give the book a try. I'm so glad I finally took the chance to read it.

Thank you mum and dad
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I found this to be a weird combination of contemporary issues (seagull encounters an oil slick, definite commentary on bad behavior from humanity, contemporary port city) and a nostalgic sort of animal story (think My Father's Dragon, A Cricket in Times' Square) -- not so much a dated feeling to the story as writing for a very specific age, where the animal tale is king. It's a good story, about 125 pages with periodic illustrations, and an entertaining cast of eccentric cats who are doing their ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime
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
Lan Kiều
I read this book for the first time as a child, and since then have reread it so many times I've lost count. The story's never failed to move me, as it was not only compelling but also meaningful. It was aimed at children, yes, but it wasn't for children alone, for my mother has also loved it very much. It was about friendship, bravery, accepting of the others' differences and embracing who one really is, all told in the sweet voice of a fat black cat. Though the message are old, the story was t ...more
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Luis Sepúlveda was a Chilean writer, film director, journalist and political activist.

He studied theatre production at the National University. In 1969, Sepúlveda was given a five-year scholarship to continue his drama studies at the Moscow University, but it was withdrawn after five months on account of 'misconduct' (he attended a party with a Politburo Officer's Wife, which was considered high o

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