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Het verhaal van de kat die de meeuw leerde vliegen

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Zorbas, de grote, zwarte, dikke kat, heeft aan een stervende meeuw beloofd dat hij voor haar laatste ei zal zorgen. En dat niet alleen, hij heeft ook beloofd dat hij het meeuwenjong zal leren vliegen. Geen eenvoudige zaak voor een kat! Maar Zorbas is een havenkat, en havenkatten houden zich altijd aan hun woord. En terwijl ratten en straatkatten zich altijd aan hun woord. ...more
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published 1999 by Ploegsma (first published October 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 the problem was in one of the poems, he has read ....
so funny ,has a lot of
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Manybooks
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 and the C ...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.
Rebecca
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
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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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 a
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'Εφη Μυλωνά
loved it!
Jenny
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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.
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.
Julián
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.
Andrea
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.
Sophie
A cute children’s story that I re-read in Spanish to practice a bit since it’s so rusty!
Martine Carlsson
Lovely, lovely book! <3 Emotional and deep.
Jessica
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
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Giuls
*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 a/>“We've
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Jennybeast
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
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
Mochizuki
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
Linh Chi
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a story about animals, this is a very humanist piece of writing. Lovely, light, but hiding behind all the grim issues of the modern world - pollution, (a bit of the slums?), racism, and the young people needs of older generations' support.

I would love to read more details in Part Two of the story, but alas, this is more a children's book than the stream of complex and dramatic family/child-rearing fanfictions that I normally read.
Isabel
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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21/4/2017
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 have no words to describe this little book. From the illustrations to the hidden messages, this is a book that I think everyone should read.
Lori
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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.
Yannis Thomadakis
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!
Tung Dao
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple story with deep meaning about love, friendship, loyalty, understanding and honor. Perfect for both children and grownup.
Nicole
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
my spanish is just bad. but what I have understood from this story was lovely.
Cucnguyen
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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!
cristina
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
only those who dare may fly.
Khalina Nguyen
An educational and a meaningful story for children and adults as well.
Oliver
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, espanol
Six and a half years ago, at the peak of my Spanish-speaking abilities, I read La isla de los hombres solos. I haven’t read anything in Spanish since then (and rarely use it to speak), and it shows. This was the perfect book to freshen up on my Spanish with. The plot is easy to follow, the vocabulary is simple, and it’s only 138 pages long (and 10-15 of those are illustrations. Speaking of the illustrations, Miles Hyman did a great job with them! Nice use of shadows).

The cover says t
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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 consid
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