The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks

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An unforgettable tour of France

The cat and the old woman have lived happily together for many years in the stone house by the sea. But when the old woman dies, the cat is packed up with her belongings and sent north to the village where she was born. Soon he is forgotten. He walks the streets aimlessly until, spurred by memories and a longing to return to the place he knows and loves, the cat embarks on a journey to find the home he was taken away from.

In lyrical prose and breathtaking images, Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben take the reader on a journey across the Norman countryside, past ancient ruins, through bustling cities, to the sparkling ports of the Mediterranean Sea and a place the cat can call home.
 

About Kate Banks

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Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Baboon, Close Your Eyes, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris.
 
Published March 2, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With the rich palette and thick brushwork of Rouault or Gauguin, Hallensleben magically captures the light of France and the forthright courage of a small gray cat.

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In this sympathetic tale, a dislocated gray cat migrates from Rouen to St.-Tropez. (A back-cover map of France shows the traveler's zigzag itinerary.) Originally, the cat lives in southern Fran

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From the cat's contentment in his home by the sea with the old woman, to his loss of both woman and home, and then to his sometimes harrowing experiences as he travels across France, and finally the intense pleasure of finding his home welcoming once again, the reader is by the cat's side for it ...

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From the cat's contentment in his home by the sea with the old woman, to his loss of both woman and home, and then to his sometimes harrowing experiences as he travels across France, and finally the intense pleasure of finding his home welcoming once again, the reader is by the cat's side for it ...

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