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The cinder-eyed cats by Eric Rohmann

The cinder-eyed cats (edition 1997)

by Eric Rohmann

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Title:The cinder-eyed cats
Authors:Eric Rohmann
Info:New York : Crown Publishers, c1997.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Easy, Fantasy

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The Cinder-Eyed Cats by Eric Rohmann


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Lovely illustrations accompany a beautiful story of a young boy who flies above the water in a sail boat, landing on a faraway land where at twilight magical events occur. The sand does not contain castles, rather, there is a large image of a fish that comes awake as images of five cinder eyed cats romp in the sand with the fish in the twilight moon.

Thousands of fish are called from the deep and spin round and round as the sand and wind accompany them in their dance of color round the fire in the darkest time of night. And, at the first break of dawn, the fish return to the depths of the sea as the boy hops back into his flying sail boat and the land and sea sleep until they are awakened another night. ( )
  Whisper1 | Aug 13, 2016 |
Beautifully illustrated but it didn't get a lot of love with O. She's not big on wordless or sparsely written books. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 18, 2015 |
At night a boy sails through the sky to an island where wild cats play with swirling fish from the ocean. Beautiful illustrations and playful, dreamy mood.
  SASegsworth | Jun 13, 2013 |
This is sparing narrative poem that seemed more focused on telling the story of a series of illustrations than on keeping a strong narrative thread, but it was so richly descriptive that it caught my interest. Go on and read it. It won't take more than a couple of minutes at most. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
A young boy embarks upon a magical night-time journey in this gorgeous picture-book from Eric Rohmann, whose Time Flies was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1995. Borne away by a floating sailing ship, the boy comes to a faraway island where he creates a fantastic flying-fish sand-sculpture, encounters five tawny tigers, and is drawn into an enchanted dance - through the air? through the sea? perhaps through both, or neither? - with these cinder-eyed cats, and with all the denizens of the deep...

One of those image-rich picture-books that relies as much upon the artwork, as upon the text (minimal text, in this case), to create a gently surreal world, The Cinder-Eyed Cats has a kind of magnetic quality that draws the reader in. I can see why a fellow reviewer found the cover image compelling, as it certainly is that! Happily, the interior illustrations are just as mesmerizing. I don't know that there is much "story" here, but the reader willing to go with the flow will be rewarded with beautiful vistas, and a delightfully dream-like journey that is entirely appropriate in a bedtime book. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440417430, Paperback)

From the creator of the Caldecott Honor winner Time Flies, here’s a little boy’s journey to a tropical dream world. Magnificent oil paintings and rhyming text bring to life a mysterious island where cinder-eyed cats move like shadows, boats float above the ocean, whales fly across the dawn sky, and a parade of fish dances in the light of a campfire.

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A boy makes a magical trip to a tropical island where he and five tiger-like cats watch as various sea creatures emerge from the ocean to dance by the light of their campfire.

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