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Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

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The illustrations by Paul Howard are soft pencil sketches, giving the tale an old-fashioned quality that suits it very well. Instead of learning how to turn mice into toads for the witch's brew, Gobbolino sets out on an adventure to find a family and a home of his own. With lots of fairly short episodes, it will make a good bedtime series for several nights, and even lead to discussions about differing beliefs, about witches and treating others with kindness. Perhaps the one flaw of the book is that it is difficult to see how anyone could fail to love this little fellow.

The world Gobbolino ventured into was not ready to accept him as who he was; in that world, he could either be a witch's cat, or a kitchen cat, not something in between.A great deal of the dramatic tension of the book filters through "unfairness" which particularly resonates in a 7 year old's heart and perhaps as second-borns we could both relate to the idea of being the one who can't conform to the dominant family paradigm. But Gobbolino is mistrusted wherever he goes, and blamed for myterious happenings such as the farmer's milk turning sour, and the orphanage children's gruel turning into chocolate! I've owned kittens, they grow very fast, and his sister certainly becomes an adult cat in the same time, but Gobbolino remains stunted, kittenish-- immature. His supernatural powers finally removed, Gobbolino finds himself reunited with the very family whose father wanted to drown him at the beginning of the book for being a witch's cat!

Instead, he longs to be an ordinary kitchen cat that spends his time sitting by the fire and catching mice for his mistress.By conforming Gobbolino, Williams asked the reader to accept the world (which is often judgemental, cruel, black-and-white) that he lived in, rather than Gobbolino himself.

It never occurs to him to strike out on his own, rather than letting circumstances just carry him along. C. Westcott, and has been very popular in primary school music classes in Australia and New Zealand since appearing as song 9 on page 12 of the 1978 edition of Sing, [3] a music curriculum programme of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that included a radio programme, cassettes (now CDs) and an annual compilation of songs. I agree with a friend of mine who said the ending can also be read as a tale of trade-offs and concession.

She said she enjoyed the book but it's not one that I enjoyed all that much, the repetitive format began to pall a bit. Whether this is because the author's skill improved in the four years between the two books or because cats are easier to anthropomorphize than wooden toys, is a matter for debate. Initially distraught, he soon realises that he can now pursue his own dreams, and embarks on a great adventure to seek out his heart's desire. Acea persoană îți va da lăptic încălzit, dacă ești ca Gobbolino, sau te va asculta mereu când ai nevoie, dacă ai doar două labe.

How Gobbolino finally did become a kitchen cat, and found the love he so desperately wanted, makes for a charming story. Although his mother Grimalkin and sister Sootica are both witch's cats, Gobbolino longs to be a kitchen cat instead, to be loved rather than feared. Coming to it at the age I am now, I found it repetitive and rather exasperating--the cat does nothing but cry all the time. I also think that the story missed a chance to give the message that you can be who you are, instead the moral seems to be change and be accepted, which seems a little sad to me. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.They are at least reading copies, complete and in reasonable condition, but usually secondhand; frequently they are superior examples. I love cats, I adore cats and no matter how simple this book is, I just couldn't help falling in love with Gobbolino. He tries to be a normal kitchen cat, first at a farm, then an orphanage, then the mayor's house, but his magic always gets him into trouble. I read this one aloud to my cats, who all sat on the bed with me, rapt with attention, and, in the end, gave it a unanimous paws up. A story book I'll share as it think it's a wonderful story to be read aloud on a dark stormy bedtime!

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