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Fromage by Kathleen Donovan
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Set in Normandy, France during the reign of King Henry 1V, Queen Marie de Medici and England’s Queen Elizabeth 1.

Fromage, a young cat wants to sail and have adventures just as her father had done. Her mother thought, that was no life for a girl. However, her father disagreed. Fromage’s grandmother had been an adventurer herself.
Mama cat, a well bred lady herself, is teaching Fromage to be a lady where as Papa is teaching her courage and self defence.
Follow Fromage as she and her friend Aloysius, the rat, embark on adventures that contain great dangers.

A story of adventure, courage, friendship and above all acceptance.

I think this was a great children’s read. I likened it to Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and it could have been greatly enhanced with illustrations.
Loved the French phrases that were repeated throughout and were simple enough for children to remember.
Lots of lessons in there about not stereotyping males and females and also accepting those that are not like ourselves.
I also liked the addition of historical figures and can be further enhanced by getting the child to look these up on the internet.
The killing of the weasels might be a bit graphic for very young children but it’s easy to just leave those few lines out if need be.

Looking forward to more courageous adventures from Fromage and Aloysius.

Thank you to Goodreads for my copy of Fromage to read and review. ( )
  Ronnie293 | Apr 20, 2014 |
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Fromage wishes to continue the family tradition of being a rat chaser on a ship but Mama Cat feels that rat catching is not a ladylike profession. When Fromage sneaks off to begin her adventures, she makes friends with an orphaned Scottish rat named Aloysius much to the dismay of her conventional Mama. Papa cat, however prepares his daughter and her new friend for a life of excitement by having a young lad named D'Artagnan teach them both how to swordfight. When they travel to meet the Queen of France, they meet up with a very lovely but naughty mermaid and a band of robbers. All of their quick thinking and sword fighting skills are needed to insure their survival.

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