Pino and the Signora's Pasta by Janet Pedersen

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Set against a romantic backdrop straight from the streets of Rome, Janet Pedersen's whimsical tale reminds us that the purr-fection we seek is often right under our whiskered noses.

Mamma mia! All the cats love the Signora's pasta . . . fresh and sweet, spiced to perfection, and served with affection. Only Pino turns up his nose and searches for something different, something that will make him purr like the best-fed cat in all of Rome. But whatever this finicky gourmet tastes, from fresh fish at the local cafe — Shoo, cat! Shoo! — to a stew at the fancy trattoria — Shoo, cat! Shoo! — a certain something is missing. What's a lonely, hungry cat to do?

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Janet Pedersen is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Of PINO AND THE SIGNORA'S PASTA, she says, "Traveling the beautiful city of Rome, I remember seeing so many cats, some of them sitting statuesque among the ruins of the Colosseum or near the Teatro di Marcello. Later, I read that there were signoras who would feed these homeless cats — cat food mostly, but sometimes the meal would be pasta. Because of these kind women, it seemed the cats had a home after all."
Published August 9, 2005 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pedersen dishes up a tale about the homeless cats in Rome, the Signora who feeds them pasta and one grande gatto who wants a special meal that will make him purr like music.

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