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The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street

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There are lots of cats on Ben Yehuda Street, but it is the friendship between a little grey cat with a red collar and a fluffy white stray cat that brings two lonely neighbors together.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Kar-Ben Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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S Farneth
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful story about two neighbors in a cat ridden neighborhood of Tel Aviv and although Ben Yehuda Street is ridden with cats, this story is about two very special cats on Ben Yehuda Street. The book’s illustrations are simple but will delight the reader as the cats entertain you on every page.

Mr. Modiano owns the Tel Aviv Fish Palace and is not particularly fond of cats. He lives next door to Mrs. Spiegel who has two cats but only one, Ketzie, can live inside her apartment. The other, Gati
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Tintaglia
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Modiano e Mrs. Spiegel, gatito e Ketzie: due strane coppie, un perfetto quadrato.

Mr. Modiano passa il tempo a scacciar gatti dal suo negozio di pesce fresco, a Tel Aviv; e a sera ne porta un po' a casa di Mrs. Spiegel, che lo divide tra la sua piccola Ketzie e il morbido Gatito, il peloso amico del cuore che non può adottare, per il regolamento condominiale.

In cambio del pesce (e di qualche riluttante coccola ai felini entusiasti) Mrs. Spiegel offre calde tazze di tè, sempre rifiutate.

Finch
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Miss Kitty
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks, cats
OMG I love this book so hard! The illustrations of all the street cats reminded me of seeing all the stray cats all over Istanbul. So many cats everywhere! YAY! And cats as matchmaking yentes? Yes, please. Curmudgeon Cranky Man won over by a cat named Gatito? Yes, please. Curmudgeon Cranky Man Mr. Modiano rescuing gray kitty with a pink collar while riding a moped? Yes, please, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. So much love I have for this book, oy vey!
Edward Sullivan
Mr. Modiano secretly loves cats and maybe Mrs. Spiegel, too.
Alethea A
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aww. This would make a great grandparents' read-aloud. I can just hear the meow-sounds!
Beyond the Pages
This was an interesting book with an interesting message. I really liked the colorful artwork. The story flowed easily, and the characters were unique. I thought the outcome was predictable in one sense, yet unexpected in another. The change of heart and of mind by both characters was sweet.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own.
Sarah
A sweet story of two older people brought together by proximity and a missing cat. The Tel Aviv setting is reflected in Hebrew signs, packaging and place names. While there is no explicitly Jewish content, details (mezuzahs, etc.) reinforce the Jewish context of the story. Additional to high-additional purchase.
Alexandra Calaway
Ah, the healing power of cats.
Pamela
Story is little. Illustrations bold, cartoony. Sweet message about becoming friends, but other than the cats, kids will have hard time relating to these older, tea-drinking characters.
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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. An ...more