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Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings Paperback – May 1, 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Catwings Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-The third installment in the saga introduces a kitten whose family thinks he is so remarkable that they call him "Wonderful Alexander." One morning, he sets out to explore the world. But soon he finds himself stuck in a tree, and is rescued by Jane, a black kitten with wings. She leads him to her home, and there he meets the other Catwings. His rescuer can only say the words "Me" and, when she's frightened, "Hate." (Readers of Catwings Return [Orchard, 1989] will recall that she had a terrifying experience that left her mute.) Alexander is adopted by the Catwings' human caretaker and finds himself mulling over how to thank Jane for bringing him his good fortune. When he helps her overcome her fear of speaking, all agree that he is truly wonderful. Alexander's appearance in this charming series does more than tie up the loose threads of Jane's muteness; it also sets the stage for further adventures. The story is illustrated with delicate pen-and-ink drawings colored in soft, earth-tone washes. This pocket-sized title will appeal to early chapter-book readers, fans of the earlier books, and cat lovers in general.
Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2-4. The third book in the Catwings series features a pampered but adventurous kitten named Alexander who leaves his comfortable home to explore the world. He's soon cold, frightened, and lost in a forest, until Jane, one of the flying cats, rescues him. In gratitude, he later helps Jane regain her speech by encouraging and even bullying her into talking about a traumatic experience in her youth. Although the writing is clear and fluid, the story is less satisfying than earlier Catwings books. Perhaps it's easier to accept a cat who's part bird than a cat who's part psychoanalyst. Still, this sequel has a place in libraries, where the earlier books have a following. S. D. Schindler's delicate ink-and-watercolor artwork continues its old enchantment, giving convincing form to the flying cats and grave beauty to the fantasy. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Catwings
  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; First ed. edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780439551915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439551915
  • ASIN: 0439551919
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Alexander is a cat. He is the biggest and the strongest but very bossy. He went off exploring. He was chased by dogs. He got stuck in a tree. One of the catwings (Jane) came to help him. She brought him home to his family. The owner of his family said to Susan that she could keep Alexander. I liked the book because Alexander goes on adventures, He goes to a farm and sees a cow and says to the cow don't say moo say mew. I think you should buy this book if you like cats you will like this book.
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Ursula LeGuin can write some of the best adult Sci-fi, and still can put out these books I can read to my 3 year old. She is amazing. Anyone who loves her writing try to track down Always Coming Home… It is Ms. LeGuin's own favorite book she ever wrote.
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3rd in the Catwings series. My daughter (age 9) says she liked this one pretty good but the fact that Alexander decided to run away was stressful because she doesn't like it when cats get lost. She also feels that the story would have been better if the author would have taken the time to write more about it instead of making the book be so short.

I really enjoyed reading her this series. I agree that I would have loved the series to be longer because we had fun with it - but I thought the stories and characters were still developed enough to be fun!
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The Catwings books are little treasures. Ursula LeGuin's skilled, poignant, humorous writings and her sensitive insights on genuine, deep emotions combine to entertain, create suspense, and tug at the reader's heartstrings all at the same time. S.D. Schindler's beautiful pen-and-ink illustrations capture the delightful personalities of the cats without becoming cartoons. He makes us believe that cats with wings are entirely possible and real. This amazing illustrator should have received more recognition over the years, for he is a master.

The Catwings books are not only for children. Adults who love cats and who can believe that all things are possible will revere these wonderful stories, as well.
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Another winner in this series. These characters make the idea of cats with wings seem completely natural. A nice introduction to a bit more involved books, and to series for confident readers in grades 2 and up, and great read alouds for younger kids and families as well.
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I adore this series! The charm of the story does not disappoint. We have a chubby orange tom cat and he is just like this. Four stars because the books are smaller than even a normal paperback which makes storing them on a bookshelf a pain.
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This is the 3rd installment in noted author Ursula K. LeGuin's excellent Catwings series. It is as good as the others. The Catwings stories are the adventures of 5 young winged cats that were born to a normal alley cat in a gritty, realistic city. They find their way to an old barn in the country and 2 kind children who look after them, and keep their secret . Alexander is a normal cat who is sure he is destined to do something wonderful. As a kitten, he goes exploring, gets lost, and finds his way to the Catwings and their humans. There he finds friendship, a home, and does indeed something wonderful by helping the youngest Catwing, Jane. A bad experience while a kitten caused her to lose the ability to speak, she can only say 'me' and 'hate'. Alexander helps her overcome her trauma and speak again. This book would be perhaps useful for children with a trauma in their lives. These slender little books with great illustrations can be read by adults, and do not talk down to children. They are warm, and firmly rooted in our world, but have the feel of a magical fairy tale with the winged cats and talking animals. They leave you wanting more. LeGuin is a well known science fiction and fantasy author, who hopefully will write more young children's stories of this caliber.
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I bought the set of all 4 Catwings books for my 7 year old child who loves both cats and fairies. This charming story of winged cats will delight any cat loving child as well as their parents. Have you seen unusually large furry birds fluttering in the sky lately? Let your imagination take you where it will.
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