Senor Don Gato by Anonymus
A Traditional Song

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As befits its hero, the song "Señor Don Gato" springs to life in an animated read-aloud sure to spur many a rousing rendition. Meow - Meow - Meow!

Oh, Señor Don Gato was a cat.
On a high red roof Don Gato sat. . . .

When Señor Don Gato receives an ardent love letter from the fluffy white lady cat, a dramatic chain of events is set into motion. There’s a tragic fall off the roof, a heart-rending death scene, a village thrown into mourning for its fallen hero . . . and then love, returned to life and triumphant. Lively and full of fun, John Manders’s illustrations capture delightful details of Spanish architecture and customs, while a costumed cast of cats acts out the well-known children’s song with comically melodramatic flair.

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John Manders works out of his studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, creating artwork for picture books. Of SEÑOR DON GATO, he says, "This Spanish folk song tells a richly detailed story through what is left out of the lyrics. Since Don Gato’s character is never specifically described, I had the wonderful task of imagining this larger-than-life character in pencil and paint.
Published July 28, 2003 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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