Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings by Ursula K. Le GuinNot every cat is born with wings. Theres Wonderful Alexander Furby, for one, a kitten raised by a rich owner to feel entitled to every advantage of wealth. Alexander is convinced that no one can resist his charm and bravery; that is, until the day curiosity prompts him to slip out through the garden fence and explore. The world isnt all as friendly as his owners place: trucks nearly run over Alexander on the road, and dogs chase him up a tree so tall that the cold, tired cat cant find his way down. Real life is an eye-opening experience.
Just as Alexander despairs of surviving his trip to the treetops, a black kitten with wings joins him on his perch. She wordlessly guides Alexander down the tree, then to Overhill Farm, where she lives with her siblings Roger, Thelma, James, and Harriet, the winged cats from Catwings. The black kitten is Jane, the younger sister James and Harriet discovered in Catwings Return when they traveled back to the city of their birth. The Catwings young human friends Hank and Susan take care of them at Overhill Farm, offering plenty of food and the affection of gentle hands. Alexander is welcome to join the family.
Unlike her siblings, Jane doesnt speak in sentences. She only uses the words Me and Hate, and only when expressing intense emotion. The Catwings dont know what happened between when Jane was separated from their mother and they found the lonesome kitten, but it must have been awful to render her mute. Alexander was often called wonderful by his rich owner without deserving it, but if he could coax Jane to speak, the compliment would fit. Can he perform a miracle that not even four winged cats are capable of?
The Catwings stories are so simple that complex emotion has no chance to build, but I like them. Its easy to identify with these special felines sent away from their birthplace by their mother because she knew theyd never be viewed on the mean streets as anything but freaks. I rate Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings one and a half stars because there isnt much to it, but I dont doubt the books value in teaching kids to read on their own. For that reason, I commend Ursula K. Le Guin for this series.
ISBN 13: 9780439551915
Ursula Le Guin writes both poetry and prose, and in various modes including children's books, YA books, fantasy, science fiction and fiction. Edwards Award. She lives in Oregon. Now available individually in new digest sized paperback editions, the first four books in Le Guin's magical series chronicle four young cats with wings who leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live. Read more Read less. Product details Paperback: 42 pages Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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After being rescued by a flying cat, Alexander the cat decides to make good on a promise to do wonderful things. Ursula Le Guin writes both poetry and prose, and in various modes including children's books, YA books, fantasy, science fiction and fiction. Edwards Award. She lives in Oregon. The endearing winged cats who escaped the city to be cared for by two reliable country children Catwings, , etc. The book's small format and Schindler's delicate illustrations add to the enchantment.