Book Review: Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World

Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World
By Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Hala Wittwer
HarperCollins Publishers, LLC, 2005
Age Range: Ages 5 and Up

Our mini-course in animal folk tales continued this week with Jane Yolen’s Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World. Yolen’s collection mixes familiar nursery rhymes and Aesop fables with lesser known stories from India, Burma, Oman, and Thailand. Within its pages, you and your child will discover why tiger is angry at cat, why cat always lands on her feet, why having one very good trick is better than having dozens of poor ones, and most importantly, why cats and mice don’t always get along.

The language is accessible, the stories short, engaging, not too scary, and fun to read aloud. Every page includes a vibrant, beautifully wrought illustration by Hala Wittwer which alternately depict cats as gentle, curious, cunning, affectionate, lazy, sorrowful, and sly.

This book was a hit in our household, but I suppose given The Four-Year-Old’s Five-Year-Old’s passion for cats, that was never really in doubt.

And now it’s your turn. What are you reading this week?

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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