A retelling of one of Perrault's best-loved tales. Cauley's version is closer to the French original than Galdone's bland rendition (Clarion, 1976), but omits some of the more difficult language retained by Marcia Brown (Scribners, 1952); it would be satisfactory for reading or telling, although it lacks Brown's grace and flavor. Galdone's illustrations are earthy, rambunctious, well-drawn; Brown's are elegant, impressionistic, a rewarding visual experience both as art and as illustration. Cauley's, although colorful and accessible, are clumsy by comparison. Her human figures are realistic and mildy funny, but her animals, especially Puss, resemble stuffed toys.