THE CASTLE OF THE CATS by Eric A. Kimmel

THE CASTLE OF THE CATS

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Based on a Latvian tale, but set in Ukraine, Kimmel’s retelling is the story in which the youngest son wins the quest but gives up the prize his two brothers covet. Never very interested in entering the family fray for the farm, Ivan is prodded by his father into competing. Ivan happens upon the Castle of Cats and finds that the queen of cats is very helpful in his success. After winning all three of the challenges—the most beautiful wedding kerchief (inside a walnut); the most beautiful wedding dress (inside an acorn); and the most beautiful bride (the cat queen herself)—Ivan declines the farm, leaving it to his brothers Petro and Havrilo. Ivan and his bride ride off in their coach, never to be seen again. Krenina’s collage and painted illustrations, full of pattern and detail, bring a sense of old-world charm to the oft-told story. A retelling that emphasizes the idea that the quest for happiness is not the same for all people. An additional purchase. (Folktale. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8234-1565-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2004




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