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El Gato Con Botas/Puss in Boots
Contributor(s): Boada, Francesc (Adapted by), Merino, Jose Luis (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0811839249     ISBN-13: 9780811839242
Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
OUR PRICE: $5.94  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Language: Spanish
Published: February 2004

Annotation: Retold in both Spanish and English, the universally loved story "Puss in Boots" will delight early readers and older learners alike. The striking illustrations give a new look to this classic tale, and the bilingual text makes it perfect for both home and classroom libraries.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2003010286
Series: Bilingual Fairy Tales (Paperback)
Physical Information: 0.13" H x 8.22" W x 8.34" (0.30 lbs) 22 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall)
This tale about a clever cat whose tricks make his master's fortune is presented in both English and Spanish. The slight narrative is straightforward yet entertaining; the old-fashioned illustrations are spare but appealing; and the serviceable Spanish translation and format make the book a good choice for bilingual collections. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 April #1)
Two fairy tales retellings add to an established bilingual series: Thumbelina/Pulgarcita by Caterina Valriu, illus. by Max, which follows the big adventures of the diminutive girl accompanied by Spanish artist Max's black-outlined, poster-like illustrations, and Puss in Boots/El gato con botas by Francesc Boada, illus. by Jose Luis Merino, starring the resourceful feline who helps his master impress the king and wed a princess; Merino's illustrations utilize earth-toned colors and light spongy and streaky textures. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 January)
K-Gr 3-These adaptations of beloved fairy tales do justice to the originals, in a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek way. The English-language renditions retain the familiar wording of most traditional editions, and the Spanish, while following the English closely, has its own style and swing. However, it's the illustrations that lift these titles above the "just another version" category. Merino's attractive and animated cartoons, done in ink and watercolor, present a Marquis of Carabas who is perpetually befuddled by the actions of his cat, who sports perhaps the most dynamic feather ever to grace a hat. Superb use of white space and an informed use of warm colors make this simple presentation irresistible. Max has produced humorous, clear cartoon illustrations for Pulgarcita. Rendered in a limited palette (mauve, orange, green, blue, and brown), the round-headed, pointy-nosed characters appear perpetually surprised, and the result is a Thumbelina who is an alert, curious heroine rather than a pawn of fate. These titles will hold their own against such standards as Malcolm Arthur and Fred Marcellino's lush Puss in Boots (Farrar, 1990) or Amy Ehrlich and Susan Jeffers's traditional presentation of Thumbelina (Dial, 1979; o.p.). Excellent additions for either bilingual collections or folktale sections in need of contrasting artistic renderings of two perennial favorites. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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