Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World
Jane Yolen & Hala Wittwer
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ala Wittwer's gorgeous illustrations of felines in all kinds of backgrounds accompany Jane Yolen's nine beautifully told '
Cat Stories from Around the World
', along with familiar feline nursery rhymes, and sayings about cats from many countries.
The Mouse and the Cat
, a more realistic Indian version of the Aesop fable about mouse and lion. Another Aesop story,
The Cat and the Fox
, has a useful lesson, '
One good trick is better than a dozen bad ones.
' The Tibetan tale of
Rambé and Ambé
The Pious Cat
from Oman, Burma's
Why Tiger is Angry at Cat
Cat and Rat
from the Democratic Republic of Congo are all clever accounts of foiling a predator. But my favorite is the last, endearing tale from the Chippewa, of
Why the Cat Falls on Her Feet
's universal cat fables they make us see not only kitties but other cultures differently.
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