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Papa Gatto: An Italian Fairy Tale Hardcover – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316770736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316770736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4?A lovely, lucid retelling of an Italian folktale. Papa Gatto is a clever cat who serves as an adviser to the prince. He allows himself to be misled by a pretty face when he engages an attractive young woman, Sophia, to care for his motherless kittens?she turns out to be a nasty piece of work. Later, her stepsister Beatrice proves that a beautiful character is often concealed behind a plain exterior. Papa Gatto recommends Beatrice to the prince, who is looking for a wife, and when Sophia tries to trick him into marrying her, the wise cat literally uncovers her deception. Sanderson cites several sources for her tale, and the story she weaves is faithful to them yet original. The narrative develops at a leisurely pace, and the attempted deception adds suspense. Beatrice's decision to delay marriage with the prince until she gets to know him comes across as thoughtful and natural, and the story is satisfying overall. The oil paintings glow with warm, rich tones. Sanderson pays meticulous attention to detail and captures the mood perfectly. Only the depiction of Beatrice is a little jarring; she does not appear as plain as the text indicates, but perhaps her portrayal is intended to underscore how outside opinion can influence self-perception. An unusual, well-illustrated, appealing book.?Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 4^-6. Papa Gatto, a feline who advises royalty, needs a nanny for his kittens. His advertisement, "Choose your payment, no amount too great," attracts the lovely but greedy Sophia, whose hiring ends in dust, cobwebs, neglected kittens, and a new advertisement that brings Beatrice, Sophia's good-hearted stepsister. The arrival of the "kind and generous prince" results in mistaken identity and romantic confusion, but all ends well, thanks to Papa Gatto's special matchmaking talent. Sanderson's elegant, richly descriptive language contributes to a smooth retelling, and her lavish oil paintings are as beautifully handled as the narrative, evoking the lush textures of the clothing and textiles, the lovely landscaped gardens, and the luxurious apartments. The characters, both human and feline, are loaded with personality, which Sanderson ably conveys through careful detailing. Several specific sources are cited for the tale, but if you have this book on hand, other versions won't be necessary. A wonderful picture book for older readers. Janice Del Negro

More About the Author

I loved two things the most when I was growing up - fairy tales and horses. And over the past 30-odd years I have been drawing and painting them both for the many books I have illustrated. My latest fairy tale is a new edition of THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, back in print in 2012. Visit www.ruthsanderson.com for the latest about my upcoming books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fairy tale connoisseurs will love this retelling of aclassicItalian fairy tale, little known in [the United States], butdeserving of a place on the bookshelf with Cinderella, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretl.
The story is set back in the days when animals could talk. Papa Gatto, a recently widowed high-ranking feline official in the prince's court, has need of a helper to care for his kittens. He places an ad with the town crier, "you choose your payment, no amount too great."
This lucrative offer draws the attention of a widow with a daughter--lazy, cold-hearted but beautiful Sophia--and a stepdaughter--kind and hardworking Beatrice. The stepmother, sensing easy money, pushes Sophia to accept the position, though she is ill-suited for the work... The whole story is set in a sun-drenched Tuscan village. Papa Gatto is a wonderful combination of story and illustration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming book with wonderful illustrations. An Italian fairy tale that is not often told in this country, this is a fresh story that most children have not heard. The sumptuous illustrations bring the cats to life - the reader can really believe the cats are almost human. And the triumph of patience and kindness over selfishness gives children a positive behavior model. This is a book that will appeal to every imaginative child - not only cat lovers!
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By Storm Kitty on July 5, 2014
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How lovely and what nice pictures. So beautiful and what a nice take on the Story. Ruth Sanderson does wonderful work!
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