Lillian is an orphan who lives with her aunt on a homestead miles from anyone, surrounded by uncharted forest. She wanders the woods, chasing squirrels and rabbits and climbing trees. Free-spirited and independent Lillian is a kindred spirit to the many wild cats who gather around the ancient beech tree. One day, while she is under the beech, Lillian is bitten by a poisonous snake. The cats refuse to let her die, and use their magic to turn her into one of their own. How she becomes a girl again is a lyrical, original folktale.
Set in the countryside north of de Lint's fictional Newford, with some of the same characters as the duo's recent, acclaimed Seven Wild Sisters, A Circle of Cats is the long-awaited first picture book by long-time friends Charles de Lint and Charles Vess, whose masterful art is as magical as the story.
Illustrations by Charles Vess.
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Grade 2-5-In this picture-book fantasy, a skinny, red-haired girl is lured into a forest inhabited by tree spirits, fairies, and magical cats. When Lillian falls asleep under an ancient beech tree, she accidentally disturbs a snake whose bite quickly draws her toward death, until the cats gather around her in a magic circle. However, to save her, they must change her into something that isn't dying, and thus she awakens transformed into a kitten. Her quest to return to her true self brings her into contact with many creatures, but it is the gnarled Apple Tree Man who finally leads her to her heart's desire. De Lint uses simple yet evocative language to describe Lillian's journey into this mysterious place filled with dark hollows and dense woods, where felines work their enchantment with voices that sound like "a kitchen full of fiddles not quite in tune with each other." Although the plot seems too neatly resolved, young readers are certain to enjoy the mood that has been created. The artwork is also appealing, with illustrations reminiscent of an animated film. Backgrounds are soft and misty and foregrounds set the scene, but the effect is sometimes too Disneyesque. Still, the book is worth consideration, particularly as a short read-aloud or for middle graders seeking a quick read.
Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles
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Descrizione libro Viking Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition, First Printing. This is a new hardcover first edition copy in a new mylar protected DJ, blue spine. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Codice libro della libreria 079784
Descrizione libro Viking Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Charles Vess (illustratore). book. Codice libro della libreria 0670036471
Descrizione libro Viking Juvenile, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0670036471
Descrizione libro Viking Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0670036471 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0321795
Descrizione libro Viking Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110670036471
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97806700364791.0
Descrizione libro New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Childrens Books, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. SIGNED and dated ('03) with "Best Wishes" by Charles DeLint, directly on the dedication page. Not signed to anyone. 1st Edition/1st Printing Hardcover w/ full number line. Brand new and unread. No Marks or inscriptions. Dust jacket is new, not price clipped, in removable clear protective cover. Beautiful, RARE, Collectible, Autographed book. (Virtually no other signed copies available on-line!) A photo of Charles de Lint at the San Francisco book signing event will be included with the signed book. Makes a great gift. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 000394