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The Castle of the Cats by Eric A. Kimmel
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Dec 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: folktale-fairytale-myth, cat-related
Read in January, 2011

Double win for us! Eric Kimmel, who does such great retellings; and cats, which are Logan's favorite! Originally a Latvian talk, this retelling is set in Ukraine. The story of three brothers competing for their inheritance. The youngest, the father's favorite, is not as clever as the other two, but is kinder and isn't really that interested in competing. Nevertheless, his father encourages him to do so. On this first quest, the young man encounters a castle of beautiful cats, dressed in fancy clothing. His gift of a leather ball sends them all scampering about to chase it. They are so thankful, they give him a gift to take home. On each of three quests, the boy goes to the same castle. I won't ruin the surprise. The illustrations are pretty and we had laughs over the dressed-up cats' responses to his gifts (especially the mint!). Themes of kindness, sharing, and trust.

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