I was recently sent The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly. This is a book that has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 40 languages. The latest edition which I was kindly allowed to review features wonderful illustrations from prize winning illustrator Satoshi Kitamura.
"We love you as a gull. We Feel that you love us too, that we're your friends, your family, and we want you to know that with you we've learnt something that makes us very proud: we've learnt to appreciate and respect and love someone who's different from us.. it is very easy to accept and love those who are like us, but to love someome different is very hard, and you helped us do that."
The wonderful speech above is featured on the back of the book and automatically gives you an insight into how thought provoking this story is. My 10 year old was the first to read it and here is her review below :
The story of the seagull and the cat who taught her to fly was a beautiful one, although it does have a long title. It is about a cat named Zorba who promises to raise a dying seagull's chick. All the cats have to work together on it.
My favourite thing about the story is Einstein, the know it all cat who happens to be obsessed with his encyclopaedia. He is just like me, always has his head in a good book!
I would like to tell you the story from start to finish but I would hate to give away the ending. I will say it is a happy ending though.
It's a very heart warming story which I recommend for anyone around my age or more, perhaps a little younger too. As my final verdict, this story is definitely one to remember.
As my daughter said, I'd say it is a book for children aged around 10 and upwards. It is one that isn't too long and the rather cute illustrations that go with the words really bring it all together.
This charming little tale is one filled with promises and courageous moments, a story of friendship and family, of team work and how important we all are. Now I have to say I'm not the biggest cat lover but I definitely warmed to them in this story. Well worth reading.