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Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World    by Jane Yolen & Hala Wittwer order for
by Jane Yolen
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HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Hala 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.

I enjoyed 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, and 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.

Enjoy Meow's universal cat fables they make us see not only kitties but other cultures differently.

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