Here's a cat to rival Puss-in-Boots in stance and style--but he's a trader, not a trickster, in the cumulative song based on an Armenian tale. The cat's trades are not inspired by the foolishness with which the sillies of some stories exchange their one valuable possession for eventual nothingness; rather, he cheer, fully obliges the people and animals he meets, cleverly suiting both sides, until he comes up with a mandolin to accompany his singing. Meanwhile, he's passed along a hen, yarn, a dog (to a man who is blissfully reminded of a long-lost pet), and a sheep (to a shepherd who has lost his flock). Hogrogian (a two-time Caldecott winner) depicts a mellow rural world that might well be Armenia, sweetly embellished with flowers and small creatures and peopled with engaging, expressive characters. A harmonious whole, with a singable tune provided on the last page, this should be a welcome addition to the picture-book repertoire for years to come.