Award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin's Catwings books are beloved by younger readers. In the final book of the series, youngest catwings kitten Jane is fed up with life on the farm, and decides to strike out on her own. She soon finds that people will take advantage of her for their own gain, and tries to find someone who loves her not just because she is a cat with wings.
©1999 Ursula K. Le Guin; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
I'm going to cut and paste a large portion of my reviews of Catwings here.
My 8 year-old daughter has a type of auditory processing disorder. She's multiple grade levels ahead in reading and reading comp, but when she takes in auditory information, her mind's a blank.
I bought this short and all the other catwings titles Audible has available because I love Ursula Le Guin's adult stories, and because these are so short, which may be a turn-off for some. But though they're short, they are rich in imagery, vocabulary, and interest. I didn't want anything infantile for my daughter, because she is such a strong reader.
Jane is the youngest, and perhaps most foolish of the catwings family. Her adventures and misadventures are largely as a result of her foolhardiness which makes for great conversations with a child about the virtues of common sense and wisdom.
Ursula Le Guin has a grandmotherly quality to her voice which is pleasant. It almost feels as though you're sitting at the feet of Grams while she spins a wonderful yarn.
My daughter was captivated. As were we all. As a sidenote, I found that her school performance was better after having listening to one of these stories. Now that we've blown thru these three stories in a week, I'm on a desperate hunt for a similar listening adventure.
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