HOW THE CAT SWALLOWED THUNDER by Lloyd Alexander

HOW THE CAT SWALLOWED THUNDER

Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

An original pour quoi tale explaining why cats have the ability to purr, pleasing both themselves and their owners. The crafty feline in this story, Cat, is a lazy, mischievous sort who lives with Mother Holly, an incarnation of Mother Nature who has special responsibilities for all the creatures of the earth. While Mother Holly is tending to her business away from their cottage, Cat ignores his chores and disobeys the rules of the house, only to be met by mysterious forces of nature: an indoor rainstorm, whirling winds, flying popcorn, and a blizzard of both goose feathers and snowflakes. By the time he’s cleaned up all these natural disasters, the cottage is tidy except for one last unpopped kernel of corn, which he swallows in haste, causing that magical rumbling sound inside him, like thunder about to explode. Alexander’s (Gypsy Riska, 1999. etc) story has the ring of a traditional tale, but it’s Schachner’s (The Grannyman, 1999, etc.) bold illustrations that make Cat spring to life, with several double-page spreads of the cat pouncing, leaping, or standing on his head. The oversized format and lively story line make this a fine read-aloud for a group, although there are also tiny hidden details (including a pair of miniature trouble-making mice and a portrait of Alexander on the wall) that will reward those who read the book one-on-one with a child. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-525-46449-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2000




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