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História de uma gaivota e do gato que a…

História de uma gaivota e do gato que a ensinou a voar (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Pedro Tamen

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Title:História de uma gaivota e do gato que a ensinou a voar
Authors:Pedro Tamen
Info:Asa (1997), Paperback, 128 pages
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The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly by Luis Sepúlveda (1996)



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A seagull, dying from the effects of an oil spill, entrusts her egg to Zorba the cat, who promises to care for it until her chick hatches, then teach the chick to fly.
  sbclibrarian | Oct 25, 2016 |
Funny and moving both. Imaginative. I just wish the bird the cats rescued were a more interesting one. Seagulls, as a species, don't need help. Oh, and btw, pelicans aren't ugly, either. Still, it's a sweet fable for all ages. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Se pensate che sia un libro solo per bambini, vi sbagliate. E' pura poesia, pura tenerezza, puro incanto. Questa storia insegna che ci si può amare in ogni modo, in ogni caso, anche se si è diversi, anzi diversissimi, come un gatto e una gabbianella.
Zorba, il gatto grande e grosso, dal cuore grande vuole bene alla gabbianella Fortunata come fosse un gatto, e lei altrettanto. Una storia per sognare un mondo migliore, senza distinzioni nè cattiverie. ( )
  Emanuela.Booklove | Oct 6, 2013 |
The first, and (as far as I am aware) only children's book from Luis Sepúlveda, expatriate Chilean author and political dissident, The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly is a brief allegorical animal-fantasy, touching upon themes such as humanity's impact on (and abuse of) the environment, the importance of keeping one's word, whatever the challenges, and the nature of love in a diverse world. It begins with two separate narratives - that of Kengah, a seagull who becomes separated from her flock when she is caught in an oil slick; and that of Zorba, a "big, fat, black cat" who watches as his human boy departs for vacation. When a dying Kengah collapses onto Zorba's balcony, and extracts three promises - that he will watch over her egg, that he will not eat it, and that, when it hatches, he will teach the new baby to fly - Zorba finds himself embarking on a journey he never expected to take: cross-species parenting...

I enjoyed this tale of an unlikely adoption, which, given the current crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, couldn't be any more topical if it tried. Zorba's cat friends, from the gruff Colonel to the long-suffering Secretario (not to mention the encyclopedia-loving Einstein), were charming, and the idea that cats are more than able to communicate with humans, if they so chose, was very appealing. I do find Sepúlveda's narrative a little didactic at times, but given the gravity of the situation, the environmental trauma caused by oil spills large and small, I'm inclined to cut him a little slack - especially since I never felt that the didacticism overwhelmed the story. All in all, a lovely little tale, one that will appeal on different levels, depending on how the reader approaches it. Younger children looking for a "simple" animal adventure will find a tale that is by turns poignant and heart-warming, while older readers with a more philosophical bent will enjoy the clever little details (like the fact that the only human the cats can trust is a poet...). ( )
2 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 13, 2013 |

i love this symbolic story.....
this is a wonderful novel for children and for every one, has many wonderful meanings.....
the cat(ZORBA) who has a principle in his life that he should keep his promise..
the other cats who support their friend in fulfilling his mission...
and the most beautiful value ,is that u can accept the other who is different from u and love him and take him as your family....
the one chosen to solve the problem was a sensitive person who love reading poetry,the solution for the problem was in one of the poems, he has read ....
so funny ,has a lot of comedy scenes, would be perfect as a movie animation..

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  ariesblue | Mar 31, 2013 |
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A cat. A seagull. An impossible task.
A worldwide bestseller and the subject of a feature film, THE STORY OF A SEAGULL... is finally out in paperback!

Her wings burdened by an oil slick, a seagull struggles to the nearest port to lay her final egg. Exhausted, she lands on a balcony where Zorba the cat is sunning himself. She extracts three extraordinary promises from him: that he will watch over the egg, that he will not EAT the egg, and that, when it's time, he will teach the baby gull to fly. The first two promises are hard enough, but the third one is surely impossible. Isn't it?

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A seagull, dying from the effects of an oil spill, entrusts her egg to Zorba the cat, who promises to care for it until her chick hatches, then teach the chick to fly.

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