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  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard (NY) (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780439551915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439551915
  • ASIN: 0439551919
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,836,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After being rescued by a flying cat, Alexander the cat decides to make good on a promise to do wonderful things. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
wonderful alexander and the catwings 16 Nov. 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Alexander is a cat. He is the biggest and the strongest but very bossy. He went off exploring. He was chased by dogs. He got stuck in a tree. One of the catwings (Jane) came to help him. She brought him home to his family. The owner of his family said to Susan that she could keep Alexander. I liked the book because Alexander goes on adventures, He goes to a farm and sees a cow and says to the cow don't say moo say mew. I think you should buy this book if you like cats you will like this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Catwings Soar 4 May 2008
By Libby P. Meggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Catwings books are little treasures. Ursula LeGuin's skilled, poignant, humorous writings and her sensitive insights on genuine, deep emotions combine to entertain, create suspense, and tug at the reader's heartstrings all at the same time. S.D. Schindler's beautiful pen-and-ink illustrations capture the delightful personalities of the cats without becoming cartoons. He makes us believe that cats with wings are entirely possible and real. This amazing illustrator should have received more recognition over the years, for he is a master.

The Catwings books are not only for children. Adults who love cats and who can believe that all things are possible will revere these wonderful stories, as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More magical Catwings 16 July 2008
By Renate Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the 3rd installment in noted author Ursula K. LeGuin's excellent Catwings series. It is as good as the others. The Catwings stories are the adventures of 5 young winged cats that were born to a normal alley cat in a gritty, realistic city. They find their way to an old barn in the country and 2 kind children who look after them, and keep their secret . Alexander is a normal cat who is sure he is destined to do something wonderful. As a kitten, he goes exploring, gets lost, and finds his way to the Catwings and their humans. There he finds friendship, a home, and does indeed something wonderful by helping the youngest Catwing, Jane. A bad experience while a kitten caused her to lose the ability to speak, she can only say 'me' and 'hate'. Alexander helps her overcome her trauma and speak again. This book would be perhaps useful for children with a trauma in their lives. These slender little books with great illustrations can be read by adults, and do not talk down to children. They are warm, and firmly rooted in our world, but have the feel of a magical fairy tale with the winged cats and talking animals. They leave you wanting more. LeGuin is a well known science fiction and fantasy author, who hopefully will write more young children's stories of this caliber.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Better than the original! 1 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read "Catwings" to my kids and we loved it! And this one is even better. It has the true magical quality that makes a memorable, classic, children's book.
The series realizes its potential here. 27 Feb. 2007
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ursula K. LeGuin, Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (Orchard, 1994)

Five years after the first two books in the series, LeGuin released the third, Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings. It's the best of the series so far, mostly because it actually feels like a self-contained story. Alexander is a wingless kitten from a normal kitten family who goes out exploring one day, gets lost, and is taken in by the catwings. He develops a friendship with Jane, and goes to work unraveling the trauma that has kept her from speaking for most of her life.

Now, remember when reading that synopsis that the Catwings books are short (forty-two pages, in this case). That's some pretty complex stuff for what is, essentially, a kids' picture book. It's certainly light-years removed from the simple, rather bucolic tales found in the first two. This is where LeGuin takes the series and turns it into something special; if you're fan, and you passed these over because they're for young readers, go back and give them a spin. *** ½
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