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Cat on the Hill (Silver Tales Series) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2010


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hinkler Books (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741844320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741844320
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 0.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The magnificent illustrations pulsate with life." (Carousel)

"A perennial favourite." (Good Book Guide)

"Masterly" (School Library Association)

"Thought provoking" (5 to 7 Educator)

"A sweet simple story that illustrates how fortunes can change through the passing of the seasons. Lovely illustrations." (The Bookbag) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A paperback edition of this acclaimed title from master picture book creator, Michael Foreman. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kotori on 28 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
A lovely story with exquisite water colour illustrations of life in the simple town of St Ives, and the life of one small cat who is alone in the world.
Enjoying the summer, the old sailing cat now lives in the curch on the hill. Through Autumn as it gets cooler, the cat goes down to the village and a friendly child gives him fish, from the day's catch. The cat sees a donkey and a horse playing in a field and envies them their friendship, whilst being irritated at the dog which is always racing past, barking.
In Winter he gets increasingly desperate, with no food, and no shelter, and the illustrations show the town lit up with christmas lights and revelry.
Venturing into town he is shunned, chased and eventually scared back off to his hill as the snow falls wistfully down on the door stoops, decorated with holly wreathes and santa slinks behind the fish traps.
Like the good king Wencelaus through the snow arrive the donkey, mule, dog and boy, laden with gifts for the cat, and they set up a little tent which looks like a manger in the middle of the snow, the cat in the boys lap and all the segulls, mice and rabbits circled around. It looks just like a nativity scene, which is quite amusing.
The last page:
"Bells ding-dong across the bay, and the sea turns silver in the moonlight. My friends and I sit warm on our hill between
all the stars of Heaven and Earth."
I liked the cat's ornery perspective & simple direct relating of events & emotions.
The cat uses "damned", which is something to consider for your children.
Deeply impressed with the quality of the watercolour paintings, they're extremely good, and portray a wonderful feeling of all the seasons, and I loved the crabby cat, who has a happy ending.
Kotori 28'Nov, 2004
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 July 2007
Format: Paperback
My little girl (age 4) loves cats and we borrowed this book from the library and fell in love with it. Really moving story about a stray cat throughout the seasons in a seaside town. Lovely christmassy ending. Brings tears to my eyes(happy ones). Was a bit shocked at use of word "damned" though. (Cat calls a dog "that damned dog").You could always edit that when reading aloud though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By billy goller on 1 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great book with wonderful descriptive language and its just a lovely children's story-especially if you know St Ives Cornwall where it is set.A Treasure.
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By Christopher H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2014
Format: Paperback
An outstanding young childrens book with glorious watercolour illustrations that spread across both pages. It’s a book to treasure.

The story is narrated by a tabby cat which lives by St Nicholas’s Chapel, on the hill above St Ives, Cornwall. He takes us through three seasons of the year at St Ives, starting in Summer, going through Autumn, then reaching Winter and ending with a white Christmas. And we meet his friends: a herring gull, a dog, a donkey and horse, a fisherman, a boy.

If you know St Ives, you will savour the illustrations. Several of the views looking down on St Ives from Porthgwidden hill are a joy to behold. While the first and last illustrations, which look at the hill from the sea beneath, the first in high summer, and the other on a snowing Christmas night, are simply beautiful. They seem to be painted with love.

The little ones will be thoroughly engrossed by the illustrations – there is much for them to observe and point out if you ask questions. It will be especially enjoyed by youngsters who have been to St Ives, and will recognise sights. Many of the town’s features that they have noticed are featured in the book: there are recognisable views even of Fore Street, the eateries along the Wharf Road quayside, and Father Christmas himself is glimpsed behind lobster pots by Porthmeor Road. And there is a nativity scene near the end that will delight them.

Probably best for 3 to 7 year olds. Although those of us who read out the words to the little ‘uns, find those illustrations a delight, too.
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