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Catwings Return (1989)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Other authors: S.D Schindler (Illustrator)

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Series: Catwings (2)

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Wishing to visit their mother, two winged cats leave their new country home to return to the city, where they discover a winged kitten in a building about to be demolished.

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Harriet and James return to the city to check on their mother. But the area where she lives, where they had grown up is being demolished. They find a hungry black kitten... with wings. They help find it food, clean it and comfort it.

They take cat with them as they continue looking for their mom. And fhankfully find her on a pleasant roof. She is so glad to see them and her lost kitten.

She asks Harriet and James to take the kitten to their new home so she could be safe.

Happy fun story.
  Bookish59 | Apr 27, 2023 |
Sequel to Catwings- now the four catwing siblings are well settled in their new home, in an old abandoned barn near a farm on the edge of the forest. Some kids feed them regularly but keep their existence a secret. The catwings start to wonder how their mother is doing back in the city. Two of them decide to return and visit her, a bit nostalgic for their old home. They know it might be dangerous, and they have to avoid being seen by people, but what they find is totally unexpected. The buildings around the alley where they were born are being demolished, the dumpster they were born under is nowhere in sight, and how will they find their mother again? Before they can look for her though, their trip becomes a rescue mission when they encounter a young kitten who needs help. What happens sure was eventful- and touching with a heartwarming ending. So much packed into such a little book! ( )
  jeane | Feb 11, 2023 |
Safe and happy in their new home James, Thelma, Harriet, and Roger have a longing to see their mother again. She had told them in Catwings to fly away from the city and find a better life. Thelma and Roger think their new owners would be worried if all of them left so only James and Harriet set off on the long journey. Once there they find their mother and a surprise!

Catwings are gentle stories and while they may lack the high degree of social insight one expects from Le Guin's work, they still offer something to children. The importance of cooperation, consideration of other people's feelings, charity, and perhaps a hint of criticism about living conditions in major cities.

As always, a delight.


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Ursula K. Le Guinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Schindler, S.DIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Draghi, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Early on a rainy morning, Hank and Susan came over the hill at Overhill Farm to the old hay barn.
The men went away. The machines sat waiting, more quietly even than the cats, but much more stupidly.
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