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The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly (Anglais) Relié – 1 septembre 2003

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(September 1, 2003; 0-439-40186-0)

Gr. 3-6. Zorba, a fat black cat, anticipates lazing around while his owner vacations, but his life abruptly changes when a dying, oil-covered seagull lands on his balcony and makes Zorba promise to protect the egg she leaves behind, raise the chick, and teach it to fly. With the help of several quirky feline friends and a human, Zorba accomplishes each task--and discovers the joys of caring for someone other than himself. This graceful balance of humor and heart is an irresistible read. Characters are distinctively drawn and diverse: Lucky the chick who embraces her gifts and her unusual feline family; Einstein the cat who worships the encyclopedia; and, of course, Zorba, courageous and tender. Simple language sensitively conveys the characters and events; and themes embracing respect for the environment, family diversity, and compassion are effectively conveyed both through dramatic episodes and character-driven comedy. Black-and-white illustrations expressively portray the characters and settings, adding another element to an entertaining, thought-provoking story that can sit comfortably alongside books by DicKing-Smith. --Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publishers Weekly
starred (August 18, 2003; 0-439-40186-0)

"Humans, unfortunately, are unpredictable. Often it's with the best intentions that they cause the greatest damage." So says the wise cat, Colonel, in Sepulveda's charming tale of devotion, courage and the importance of keeping one's word. A man-made disaster indeed gets the story started: a female gull becomes mired in an enormous oil slick and expends all of her remaining energy in a final flight to safety. She lands on the balcony of an apartment building, where she meets the fat black cat Zorba and extracts a threefold promise from him: that he will not eat the egg she is about to lay, that he will look after it and, once it is hatched, that he will teach the fledgling how to fly. Zorba enlists the help of his good and noble friends ("He gave his word of honor, and the word of one cat of the port is the word of all the cats of the port," says Colonel). Each is endearing and distinctive, from the sage but stammering Colonel to the hilariously forthright Secretario to the encyclopedia-consulting Einstein. With shades of the friendship between a spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur, the relationship between Zorba and Lucky (the name the feline gives the baby gull) explores fundamental questions of life and death, and following one's calling. Sepulveda also fills the brief chapters with memorable everyday moments: the busy Italian restaurant that serves the cats around the back (but only with a reservation), the catalogue of wonders cached in the house of Harry, a human friend to the cats. The language throughout, translated by Peden, is a marvel of economy and warmth, and Sheban's delicate charcoal and pastel illustrations heighten the sense of magic (particularly a wordless spread of Lucky taking flight over Hamburg by night). Readers will hope for the further adventures of these two unlikely friends. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Published in 20 countries, sold over 1 million copies, and the subject of a feature film, THE STORY OF A SEAGULL AND THE CAT WHO TAUGHT HER TO FLY has finally come to the U.S.!

It's migration time and as a mother gull dives into the water to catch a herring she's caught in an oil slick! Thinking of the egg she is about to lay she manages to extract herself and fly to the nearest port.
Exhausted, she lands on a balcony where Zorba the cat is sunning himself. Zorba wants to get help, but the gull knows it's too late and she extracts three promises from him: 1) That he won't eat the egg, 2) that he'll take care of the chick until it hatches, and 3) that he'll teach it to fly.
Well the first two are hard enough, but the third one is surely impossible. Isn't it?

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Commentaires client les plus utiles sur (beta) HASH(0x93e8ede0) étoiles sur 5 22 commentaires
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HASH(0x946c89e4) étoiles sur 5 A must have for Children 14 avril 2005
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Kengah is a gull on a journey to lay an egg where, when hatched, the chick would grow and thrive safely. Zorba, a coal-black cat, is anticipating a month's vacation from his human friend.

But when Kengah's wings are weighed down by an oil slick, she aborts her travel plans and struggles to the nearest port to lay her final egg. Kengah is able to fly to the balcony of a nearby apartment building where she meets Zorba. As Kengah lays dying, Zorba promises three things; that he will not eat the egg, he will watch over the egg, and when it's time, he will teach the chick to fly. Zorba is a cat with a sense of honor and with three cat friends, struggles to learn about gulls so he will be able to keep his promise to the dying gull.

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly by Luis Sepulved is an extraordinary tale about the lengths a parent will go for a child. It is beautifully written with compassion and humor. It proves that when commitment, honor and love are involved, great differences can be overcome.

The black and white illustrations are amazing. This is a book for ages 8-12 and one that parents will want to read to and share with their children. This book and its message are so beautiful that it should have a permanent place in that special child's library. I love this book!
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HASH(0x946c8a5c) étoiles sur 5 Wonderful to Read Aloud 14 juillet 2004
Par J. Eareckson - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I read this book to my 7 year old twin girls, and the three of us loved it. The vocabulary, the humor, the characters were all wonderful. I have high hopes that the author will continue to write children's books.
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HASH(0x946c8f00) étoiles sur 5 A Great Story of Courage in the Face of Environmental Disaster and an Excellent Translation 6 juin 2013
Par Elvin Ortiz - Publié sur
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This book is a great read for all ages, and it is appropriate for children 7 to 12. The summary provided by Amazon is correct. The only thing I have to add that it is a story of great feeling, and from an academic standpoint, it is useful to develop language art skills and language learning skills. I think it is best read if read aloud. If I had children, I would read them this book at night.
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HASH(0x946c8e28) étoiles sur 5 Gone to the top of my list 8 janvier 2010
Par J. E. Bruml - Publié sur
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This book is on my favorite book shelf for this month at the bookstore in which I work.
My son reads to his daughter and I suggested this book. Both parent and child can appreciate this charming story and the clever way in which it is told. Very clever plot. I would have never guessed at the solution to the problem.
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HASH(0x946c8f84) étoiles sur 5 A sweet children's book 30 mai 2016
Par Whispering Stories - Publié sur
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**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

When a seagull becomes stuck in an oil slick, she just about manages to use her last ounce of energy to get out of it, and lands on a balcony in the port of Hamburg.

The balcony belongs to Zorba, a black cat who tries to help the seagull to stay alive. Just before she dies the seagull lays an egg and makes Zorba promise that he will look after it, and teach the chick to fly. Zorba agrees, even though he has no idea how to teach a chick to fly.

When the egg finally hatches, the chick believes that Zorba is her mum and that it is now up to Zorba to look after it, including teaching her to fly.

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her To Fly is a tale about love, friendship, commitment and honour. It is also about learning to believe in yourself.

Zorba is distressed when he finds the dying seagull and goes to fetch help from the cats of the port. He is exceptionally caring and very protective towards his chick, who has been named Lucky.

He doesn’t know the first thing about looking after a seagull though, and that’s where his friends come in handy. Segretarion, a skinny cat who lives at an Italian restaurant, The Colonel, a mysterious cat who is older than any other cat, and gives out great advice to all who will listen, Einstein, the clever cat who gets all of his knowledge from an encyclopaedia and lives at Harry’s bazaar with his owner, and Matthew the chimpanzee.

The story is about the cats coming together to help the little chick flourish and protect her from the alley cats. With the four of them putting their heads together and never giving up, Zorba may just make good on his promise.

A sweet children’s book that was entertaining and amusing, with plenty of beautiful illustrations to liven the book up.

Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
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