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Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

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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. Born to a witch's cat, Gobbolino wants nothing more than to find a home amongst the warmth and bustle of a kitchen. All he wants is to be a kitchen cat, but Gobbolino has many adventures in his journey before he finds the place where he belongs. so how come all the people who met him didn't realise straight away what he was since normal cats can't talk to humans? You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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. Ursula Moray-Williams' The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse was originally published in 1984 and continues to be one of the most-loved classic stories of children's literature.It never occurs to him to strike out on his own, rather than letting circumstances just carry him along. A story book I'll share as it think it's a wonderful story to be read aloud on a dark stormy bedtime!

There are all the necessary characters that make a fairytale work: wicked witches on broomsticks, an ill but kind princess, a dragon in the tower, a kind woodcutter and his vain granddaughter… However, reading the story as an adult, I couldn't help seeing where the story was coming from: the misfit, disconnection, abandonment, and loneliness. 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. Alungat însă, pentru că nu seamănă cu ceilalți (are o lăbuță albă), tânjește după un cămin fericit, după mângâieri și compania oamenilor. Acea persoană îți va da lăptic încălzit, dacă ești ca Gobbolino, sau te va asculta mereu când ai nevoie, dacă ai doar două labe.

Orange boards with black and white illustration by Catherine Rayner to both boards, the title page and throughout the text.

A class activity could include listing the different characters in the book and then drawing pictures of them. With his bright blue eyes and sparky magic whiskers, no one could mistake Gobbolino for a kitchen cat, but that's just what he longs to be. After being rejected by the crowd he was born into, he embarked on a journey to find the home he would belong. He is adopted by a sick princess, but when she is well again she leaves for boarding school without him, so he joins a Punch and Judy show as 'Toby the Dog', but a witch in the audience reveals him as a witch's cat. While his sister is eager to begin her training as a witch's cat, Gobbolino longs to be a humble kitchen cat and to have a loving human family of his own.Like many good children's tales, the story of Gobbolino will give younger readers cheers and make them wonder. As well as writing, she became involved in local life around the village of Beckford, where she and her family lived, organizing children's parties, and serving as a magistrate. 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. She wrote and illustrated over sixty books for children with the most notable being Gobbolino the Witch's Cat and The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse. You're going to have to read the book to find out the name of the other cat) My daughter, aged 9, really loved the story and it is her that gives the book 5 stars.

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