Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Catwings" by Ursula K. Le Guin

You might be imagining a low-quality spooky-lame Halloween read right now. I was. But don't let the hokey title or cover fool you. I was pleasantly surprised to add Catwings to our favorite youngster read alouds. Though I probably shouldn't have been: it has a 4+ average on goodreads with almost 3,000 raters. 

It has a classic feel like A.A. Milne or Beatrix Potter. With lovely color illustrations by S.D. Schindler on almost every spread, Seth was hooked. We literally read this in one sitting. (It helped the book is a very short 50 pages only.) Shockingly, it was actually written in the late 1980s. I say Le Guin deserves a medal for making anything out of the 80s seem timeless.


Jane, an alleycat tabby, has four remarkable children, Harriet, James, Thelma and Roger--all kittens that can fly. The dangers of city life are no place for flying kittens, so Mother Jane insists they set sail for the safety of the countryside.  

Though short enough to be mistaken for an easy reader, these books have lovely language that might prove challenging for beginning readers. ("It's absolutely unfair," the thrush cried. "Unjust!" the finch agreed. Intolerable!" yelled the bluejay.) 

I personally loved it as a read aloud. And with four books in the series the magic won't be over too soon. (We've read the second. I can't speak for third and fourth, though the ratings are equally high at my go-to evaluator.) This is one we'll definitely reread.

1 comment:

  1. "I say Le Guin deserves a medal for making anything out of the 80s seem timeless." Ha! Just requested this from the library as we'll be done with Giraffe, Pelly, and Me tonight and picking up Quiet for myself. Thanks for all the recommendations.

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