Kitten Alexander Furby's parents think he is just wonderful. But when he goes exploring on his own one day, he gets stuck in a tree. Soon a black kitten with wings helps him and brings him home to a whole family of winged cats. How can Alexander repay her kindness?
©1994 Ursula K. Le Guin; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
This is a wonderful book but the title and description are for book 3 of this series. The book that downloads is book 1 of the series. This book title is simply "Catwings". The author has a lovely soothing voice. This story is about kittens with wings first leaving home. I was dismayed when it ended so quickly and will be sure to look for the rest of the set. Hopefully audible will correct the title, but I am not sure how to tell if they add book 3 later with this title -
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.
The catwings are charming creatures. They're exploring their unusual gifts the same as the reader is and they do it with courage, and loyalty to each other. They face challenges, adventures, perils, and it makes for exciting listening.
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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