Miranda the Great by Eleanor Estes

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When barbarians invade Rome, Miranda the cat and her daughter Punka must find a safe place to hide from the chaos. They make their way through the burning city, collecting motherless kittens as they go. At last they reach the Colosseum--but even there, danger lurks!

How these fortunate felines survive to become the noble ancestors of the cats of modern Rome is all due to the cleverness of the cat they come to call Miranda the Great, Queen of the Colosseum!

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ELEANOR ESTES (1906-1988), a children's librarian for many years, launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941. 9780152066741
Published August 1, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 99 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction

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With a mew-mew here, and an lo there, Miranda, a cat at the sack of Rome, rounds up the lost and frightened kittens of the burning city and leads them to the Colosseum, persuades a roaring lion to give them milk, and routs the famished dogs that threaten them.

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