CATS OF MYTH by Gerald Hausman

CATS OF MYTH

Tales from Around the World
Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

As a companion to Dogs of Myth (1999), illustrated by Barry Moser, the Hausmans offer nine (naturally) tales of puissant pussies, each depicted in luminous watercolors by a premier illustrator of cats. Divided by type—Creation, Trickster, Goddess, Monster, etc.—the stories come from a variety of cultures. They are freely retold with a fine sense of humor and an often clever turn of phrase. Until, troll-turned-kitty, Sweet Butter tricks him into abdicating, the troll king “Rumble Grumble was bad news.” Or in a Japanese tale: a canny old temple cat overcomes a “ninja rat.” And loosely based on an actual incident, an invading army bloodlessly captures the city of Tisseh (Pelusium) by marching up to the gates holding cats rather than swords. The authors add discussions of themes and breeds to each tale, and close the collection with source notes. Except for the all-devouring Whittle Cat, the felines here are beneficent, if self-interested, so readers who feel that cats have gotten a bad rap in folklore will purr over this engaging gathering. (Folktales. 7-10)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-689-82320-7
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2000




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