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The Cat Who Walked Across France

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  231 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
An unforgettable tour of France.

The cat and the old woman have lived happily together for many years in the stone house by the sea. But when the old woman dies, the cat is packed up with her belongings and sent north to the village where she was born. Soon he is forgotten. He walks the streets aimlessly until, spurred by memories and a longing to return to the place he kno
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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An elderly feline takes readers on a journey across much of France in this sweet and emotionally intense picture book. A cat lives contentedly with an elderly woman in a house by the sea. All is wonderful until she dies, and he and her other possessions are packed up and sent north to the town where she was born. No one seems interested in the cat, and he ends up roaming the streets and missing his home dreadfully. Eventually, he sets off for home, eating whatever he can along the way and enjoyi ...more
Brittany White
LOVE this book! The illustrations are amazing. As a result of reading this book, students can make text-to-world connections. Educators can also use this book to help student learn to "show" rather than "tell" in their writing.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
A cat lives with an elderly woman in France. After she dies, the cat misses being scratched and loved and leaves his home, wandering all across the country until at last he finds a place that feels like home. Those familiar with French landmarks will especially enjoy this.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale of a cat who finds his way home to the seaside. It has a melancholy feel to it, yet is assuring and peaceful at the same time. The illustrations are gorgeous and have an impressionistic feel, appropriate for the French scenery. I really enjoyed reading this story.
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book has rich text and beautiful illustrations. This story is about a forgotten cat on a search for home. This book shows different aspects of France from the beautiful countryside to the hustling busy streets of the city.
In gorgeous paintings that remind me of the expressionists, a cat’s owner dies and he is taken with her belongings to her birthplace, but everyone forgets he’s there. He decides he must travel to the place he’s always called home, the one where he could “feel the softness of the bluegrass that grew behind the stone house by the edge of the sea.” One can spot certain landmarks as he travels, like the Eiffel Tower. There are other things he remembers, and as we follow this poignant journey, it’s ...more
Megan Taulbee
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Teaches kids about France. Very interesting, easy to follow, and great illustrations.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A tender story about perseverance by a cat who lost her owner.
Beautiful illustrations of France.
Dione Basseri
Normally, I'm all for cat books, but this one hurts me a bit, and it's entirely because of how sad the beginning is that I dropped a star from 5 to 4. A cat and an old woman live together happily in a little house by the sea, but when the woman dies, all her possessions and her cat are transported across the country. The cat is forgotten (which just kills me), and decides to make its way home to the house by the sea.

The artwork is quite evocative of Cezanne or Van Gogh, which fits in well with t
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. “I especially liked picture books,” she says, “an ...more
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