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Caramba by Marie-Louise Gay
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Award-winning author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, best known for her Stella and Sam books, brings us an endearing character in Caramba, a sweet, shy cat who bravely accepts that he is different, and then discovers his own special talent. Caramba is a fat, furry, striped cat with a big problem. Every single cat in the world can fly, he sighs, except me! Caramba would love to swoop and glide between the clouds, to feel the wind whistling through his fur. He tries to soar into the sky over and over again but always lands flat on his face, until finally he sadly accepts that he is earthbound. Don't be such a scaredy-cat, cry his cousins. All cats are meant to fly! They grab his paws and whisk him up into the sky for an impromptu flying lesson that ends with a big splash and a surprising discovery. (amazon)
  zahanse1 | Nov 4, 2018 |
Genre: Fantasy
This book tells a story of a cat who is very concerned because he can't fly like the other cats. He tries and tires and eventually a few of his fellow cats offer to give him a lesson. In the middle of the lesson they drop him over the ocean and tell him to flap his paws but he lands right into the water. The cool thing about falling is that he discovers he can swim, and that is something none of the other cats can do. Caramba doesn't have to follow the crowd and do whatever everyone else can do, because he can do things that are special just to him. This would be a great book to read to students when trying to explain that not everyone does the same things, or has the same talents. This might be a cool read aloud before asking students to take a learning styles or multiple intelligences test. ( )
  gmorgan14 | Mar 1, 2016 |
Caramba is a funny cat who wants to fly like all the other cats do, but he can't. He secretly practices all the time, but practice doesn't help. One day Caramba's cousins, Bug and Bijou, take Caramba up to fly as they carry him they ask Caramba "are you ready" and he is not ready but they let go anyway. Caramba lands in the ocean and there he finds out that he can swim. He passes through the fish and all the other ocean animals and plants. He loves swimming and enjoys it and now he feels great!
  bmwade | May 17, 2013 |
I love this book. Good for a 'think about it differently' story time. ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 23, 2011 |
Reviewed by Julie Roach (School Library Journal, Nov. 2005, Vol. 51, No. 11)
'Once kids accept the flying cats, they will enjoy this subtle fantasy with its themes of self-esteem and individuality.'

Reviewed by Michele Landsberg (Quill & Quire, July 2005, Vol 71, No. 7)
'Caramba is a visual joy, filled with the washed blues and purples of an ocean sky, the crisp, clear green of wavelets, and the rush of summer clouds'

Reviewed by Jennifer Brabander (The Horn Book, Jan./Feb. 2006, Vol 82, No. 1)

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Caramba is a fat, furry, striped cat with a big problem. “Every single cat in the world can fly,” he sighs, “except me!” Caramba would love to swoop and glide between the clouds, to feel the wind whistling through his fur. He tries to soar into the sky over and over again but always lands flat on his face, until finally he sadly accepts that he is earthbound. “Don't be such a scaredy-cat,” cry his cousins. “All cats are meant to fly!” They grab his paws and whisk him up into the sky for an impromptu flying lesson that ends with a big splash… and a surprising discovery in this beautifully illustrated story with a special message of self-acceptance.


Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/9/2005Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 2 and Up

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Caramba the cat wishes he could fly.

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