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The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street Library Binding – January 1, 2013
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PreS-Gr 2-Mr. Modiano, owner of the Tel Aviv Fish Palace, is not a fan of the cats living up and down Ben Yehuda Street. He finds them "messy, meowing, and useless." He also has no use for the felines on the cushion outside the apartment of his neighbor, Mrs. Spiegel, even though they are the recipients of his nightly gift of leftover fish. Mrs. Spiegel, however, loves little gray Ketzie with a pink collar and big white Gatito with no collar at all. But only Ketzie is allowed to sleep indoors due to a "Just One Cat" rule in their building. All this background leads to a quickly dealt with plot in which Ketzie disappears only to be found by Mr. Modiano, who then invites Gatito inside to be his very own cat, new blue collar and all. The mixed-media illustrations give more personality to the cats than the humans, though the Hebrew lettering on signs and labels is a nice touch. While the story is slight, it has a pleasing message about opening one's heart (and door) to friendship. An additional purchase for large collections.-Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NCα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Mr. Modiano did like Mrs. Spiegel and brought fish to her every night. She had Ketzie, a little grey cat with a pink collar. "This fish is fit for a queen," he declared, "not for cats." Mr. Modiano hated cats. Shoo, shoo! She'd always invite him in for tea, but "Lo, lo, lo," he would not go in. Of course as soon as Mr. Modiano went away, Mrs. Spiegel would give Ketzie and her friend, a big white cat. Gatito, some of that fish. Ketzie was a special help to Mrs. Spiegel and did all kinds of things to keep her company, but one day she did not come home. When she tried to tell Mr. Modiano, he didn't seem to care. Mr. Modiano hated cats. What was Mrs. Spiegel and Gatito going to do it Ketzie didn't come home?
This is a charming tale of the Ben Yehuda Street cats and Mr. Modiano, the cat hater. Mr. Modiano, an old curmudgeon, just couldn't see why anyone would like a cat, let alone love them. Mrs. Spiegel, on the other hand, couldn't see why anyone would hate them. This is most certainly a tale for young cat lovers, who will not only enjoy the tale, but will be entranced by the artwork and all the cats who dance their way through the pages of this book. The tale, which has a delightful twist at the end, will please both young and old alike. If you have a little one who loves animals, especially cats, this is one story that you'll be reading with them time and time again!
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Mrs. Spiegel cares for a cat with a collar, but the building has a one-cat-policy, so the other stray cat must stay outside without a collar. One day, her cat goes missing and she is distraught. Her neighbor, Mr. Modiano, whom we think is perhaps a curmudgeon, dons his motor scooter helmet and...
Will he help Mrs. Spiegel or just drive off? Will he learn to appreciate cats? Will he ever accept an invitation from her for tea? Is a Dag (fish) Man a Dog Man or a Cat Man?
Even though Mr. Modiano didn't seem to like cats he had a soft spot for taking care of them, or else he wouldn't have given his neighbor food to feed her cats. It was like they were sent into his life for a reason. This book does a good job of teaching that if cats have a collar that usually means they belong to someone. It also does a good job of explaining that cats do a good job of providing companionship for people who live by themselves, sometimes in ways that humans are not able to.
Created for children ages 3-8, grades PreK-2
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.