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author/illustrator: Nadine Robert, Sang Miao

ages: 3+

36 pages

18.8 x 24 cm

hardcover

French

Comme des géants (Canada)

Sold: English (world), French (world)

The Cat, the Owl and the Fresh Fish

  • A cunning owl and a distracted cat attempt to outsmart each other in this charming, timeless fable.

     

    One day, Grey Cat stumbles upon a surprise in one of his usual fishing spots: a small wooden row boat containing a bucket of fresh fish sitting idly. Curious and eager to snatch it up, Grey Cat seeks the help of a nearby owl, who is willing to lend a hand if Grey Cat helps him free his claw from under a log.

     

    But will Grey Cat choose to help the owl — or is he too eager to reach the row boat and grab his new found treasure?

     

    As each of the animal families scramble to gather supplies and take shelter from the oncoming wind and show, two mysterious figures appear in the distance. Watching skeptically from their windows, unsure of the strangers’ motives, all of the families close their doors and their hearts to the strangers’ pleas to help themselves weather the storm… until Little Fox bravely steps up!

     

    With one very simple act of kindness, Little Fox extends an olive branch that will keep the two strangers — and his own family — from being left out in the cold.

     

     

     

    “Gouache, watercolor, and pencil give this tale, translated from French, a classic, almost old-fashioned look in the vein of the early Little Golden Books, albeit with some heady design choices. Meanwhile, the smartly led storytelling eschews moralizing in favor of letting actions speak for themselves. Aesop himself would be pleased with this original parable of brains outsmarting greed.” — Kirkus Reviews

     

     

    BY THE SAME AUTHOR

    Clover

    The Brave Little Gorilla

    The Shadow Elephant

    The Well

    Elsie

    Toshi's Little Treasures

    The Great Peanut Race

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