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Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (Catwings #3)

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The third installment in the saga introduces a kitten whose family thinks he is so remarkable that they call him "Wonderful Alexander." One morning, he sets out to explore the world. But soon he finds himself stuck in a tree, and is rescued by Jane, a black kitten with wings. She leads him to her home, and there he meets the other Catwings.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1994)
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Jasmine
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slightly unbelievable story about curing selective mutism with telling people to talk, but it's also about cats with wings so *wobbly it is what it is noise*

CATS WITH WINGS CATS WITH WINGS.
Sydney
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Little animal lovers
I read this series when I was really little. But I absolutely loved cats back then (well, I still do!) and for me this was just about the best series ever. If I looked back and read it now, I'd probably finish it in 20 minutes and think it was pretty boring. But if you know someone who is just beginning to read short chapter books and they love animals, give them a book from this series and they will just eat it up! ;)
June
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Early chapter and animal or fantasy requests
Alexander is a spoiled kitten and thinks of himself as "Wonderful Alexander." He sets off to explore the world and gets lost and stuck in a tree. Jane, the youngest catwing rescues him, and Alexander is able to do something wonderful to repay her.
Davut
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serinin 3. kitabı. Çocuklara okunabilir güzellik ve saflıkta bir hikaye, akıcı bir anlatım daha...
Masayuki Arai
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meow!!
Lori Collins
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All 3 of my girls have the read and loved this series. Perfect for cat lovers!
Cat
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
such a satisfying series! I love these books!
Urs
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
 
Part 3 is delightful! Only one more!
 
alix
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
An enjoyable little book. The ending about making space for traumatized people (er, cats) to feel safe was touching.
Kathleen
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hello, friends! Let's talk about Catwings.

So, first of all, I had not heard of Catwings until my beloved girlfriend introduced me to them via handing me the second book in the series, yet another of the many and wonderful gifts she has given me. At any rate, they seem to be some of LeGuin's more obscure works, which I think is a bit of a tragedy. Second, I was shelving in the children's section just recently and happened to find all four of the Catwings books just hanging out there, which seemed
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Sarah Sammis
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Alexander of Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin, is a young tom, a completely ordinary cat with a wanderlust. He grows up believing that the world ends at the gate as it's the farthest he can see from the window.

As so many young cats do, Alexander finds his way outside and begins to explore. Along the way he's nearly run over by a truck and is scared up a tree. It is while he's up the tree that he's befriended by the Catwings.

Alexander poses an interesting problem for the
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Yumi Learner
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading "Catwings collection" yesterday. They are my second to fifth books to read in English in this year. The books have four volumes. Each title is " Catwings", " Catwings Return", " Wonderful Alexander And The Catwings" and " Jane On Her Own". I figured out " Catwings" first at a book store. I turned some pages, and I loved the illustration at first sight. Those were awesome! I bought first book and read it. Since the book was written for kids, it was easy to understand. In additi ...more
Tatiana
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidsbooks, fantasy
The thing I love most about Alexander is his confidence. He reminds me of Brando. When Brando was about 4 weeks old, I sat and petted him and told him several episodes from the long saga of Wonderful Brando the most excellent heroic kitten. He listened intently and I believe he understood and believed me. Certainly he was always brave and confident, as Alexander was (even though some pretty scary things happened to him). (It's of course quite brave to be flinching a bit on the inside as you conf ...more
Dione Basseri
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
So, if your kids like cats, yes, 100%, buy this series. If you can find them all in a bundle, all the better, but they shouldn't be all that hard to find on their own, either online or at local used bookstores. They were pretty popular in the 80s and 90s, and remain in print to this day, but they aren't always the most challenging books, so they do manage to leave homes pretty quick, as kids need more shelf space.

They're good picks for those who have blasted through all the "early" chapter books
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Logan
May 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
We read this when Logan was 4 and we'd read a couple of the other Catwings books, but this one taught me that I need to pre-read books even if I think I know the author and her style. The young cat Jane has had a trauma so terrifying that it causes her to become mute except to say "me," and when she's scared, "hate!" My son was (and still is) very tenderhearted and easily worried. I tried to edit as I read, but it was rather difficult. In the end, we had a long talk about what hate is, why rats ...more
Austen to Zafón
I was reading this series to my 4-year-old son and he really enjoyed the first couple, but this one taught me that I need to pre-read books even if I think I know the author and her style. The young cat Jane has had a trauma so terrifying that it causes her to become mute except to say "me," and when she's scared, "hate!" My son was (and still is) very tenderhearted and easily worried. I tried to edit as I read, but it was rather difficult. In the end, we had a long talk about what hate is, why ...more
Holly Letson
It has been years, since I read Catwings, so I was delighted to find 3 other *Catwings* books in the Downtown Library recently. I thought I had read #1 and #2, so I picked up #3 and #4, only to find out I need to read #2 later as well. This is book #3.
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Alexander is a fun cat, who ventures away from home in search of adventure. He comes face-to-face with many, and ends up being rescued by a Catwings named Jane. Jane, a jet black Catwings, finds Alexander treed, and takes hi
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Shawna
Nov 30, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: 3rd-4th
I really don't understand this book. I am the type of person that reads to get something out of the book. When I was done reading this I was left with the question "yeah...and?" i probably wouldn't use this in my classroom but if I had to I would use it when learning the difference between realistic fiction and fantasy.

After more thought I have decided that I still didn't like the book but I find that a story where a cat who gets lost and saved by a cat with wings can instill creativity in my st
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Ruthie Jones
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
The tiny kitten with wings from book 2 has a name: Jane. Her harrowing and traumatizing experience from the old neighborhood has stolen her voice, leaving her with the ability to say only "me" and "hate." Heartbreaking!

Book 3 introduces a non-winged kitten, Alexander, who sets off on an adventure (as kittens are wont to do) and finds himself in quite a pickle (or up a tree)! It's Jane to the rescue, and Alexander ends up helping her right back. Lovely!

Lessons learned: never underestimate the hea
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Audrey H
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Alexander (who wasn't scared of anything) is a young kitten that wants to explore the world and see what he could find. So he set off early one morning and he always thought that the fence was the end of the world. So he slipped through the fence and went to go see what was on the other side of the fence and he slipped through another fence that led to the street and he got past the street (nearly getting run over by 2 trucks) and 2 hounds were trying to trap him but he climbed up the tallest tr ...more
Georgene
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
His family thinks Alexander is wonderful and so does Alexander. One day, Alexander slips away to discover the world and finds it to be a scary place. He ends up stuck high up in a tree with no rescue in sight. (Did I mention that Alexander is a half grown kitten?)

After a long, cold, scary night in the tree, he sees a large black bird flying towards him! He is TERRIFIED! But this bird has front paws and a long black tail! It is Jane, the mute black cat wing. She gains his trust, gets him down ou
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Roberta
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This third book in Le Guin's Catwings series features "Wonderful Alexander," a sensitive male cat who leaves the farm on which all the catwings are now living to explore the world beyond. He gets stuck in a tree and plagued by an owl who is curious what kind of bird he is, and he helps Jane, his baby sister, regain her ability to talk. The drawing of him comforting her as she eventually relates what she has been afraid of is my favorite in the book. Reading level--gr. 2-4--enjoyment by cat-lover ...more
Maggie Gordon
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alexander is a poofy orange kitten who goes on an adventure, but gets lost. He gets stuck in a tree until Jane finds him. She brings him home and he finds out she can't talk because of trauma from the destruction of her old home. Alex makes it his goal to try and help her as she helped him, and eventually he coaxes her back into speaking. Like the rest of the series, this is an adorable picture book. Alexander is a wonderful addition to the cast, and it's nice to see Jane refind her voice from t ...more
Amy
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cat-stories
3rd in a series. Bea says she liked it pretty good but the fact that Alexander decided to run away was stressful because she doesn't like it when cats get lost. She also feels that the story would have been better if the author would have taken the time to write more about it instead of making the book be so short.

We think Alexander seems very similar to our cat Otto and so we love him more for that :-)
Skylar Burris
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
My daughter likes this series. She was displeased with the ending of this one, and insisted that I had not read the entire book to her and that surely there must be something more. It did seem to just end as though it were not even the end of a chapter but the end of a sentence somewhere in the middle of a chapter. I'm not in love with this series, but it's better written than many my daughter has wanted me to read, and it does clearly appeal to young ones (4-8).
Christopher
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-to-may
Alexander is a self-centered, privileged, egotistical, overconfident little schmuck. In other words, a cat.

He sees himself as wonderful and takes praise as his simple due.

The amazing thing is that this is just the confidence that someone needs to help scarred, traumatized Jane to recover her voice.
Elizabeth Periale
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
http://xoxoxoe.blogspot.com/2012/09/c...

In Alexander the Wonderful and the Catwings a ginger kitten named Alexander gets lost in the woods on a winter's day — a terrifying situation for a little cat. Luckily he also meets one of the Catwings, and his feline life will never be the same.
Michael Earp
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dolly
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've really enjoyed all the stories in the Catwings series. This was an interesting tale that introduces a new character, named Alexander. The stories are sweet and are a great way to introduce children to the fantasy genre. And the illustrations are so expressive - very enchanting!
Jm Teeri
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
My 9-year old loved the story. She has dyslexia and enjoys short books with straight-forward language. Imaginative, heart-warming book. I wouldn't recommend this for kids younger than 2nd or 3rd graders, but it's great reading for the kids who are ready for the content.
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming ...more
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Catwings (4 books)
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