Gobbolino the Witch's Cat
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Although this book follows the same basic storyline as Williams's previous work, Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, the tale of Gobbolino is more emotionally involving. A class activity could include listing the different characters in the book and then drawing pictures of them. I agree with a friend of mine who said the ending can also be read as a tale of trade-offs and concession. Gobbolino, a witch's feline endowed with unusual powers, is a charming little kitten who faces an identity crisis. rămâne la o familie care îl crede un pisoi normal, iar asta dă peste cap întreaga morală a poveștii.
He doesn't look the part of a witch's cat either, he is dark tabby rather than black, he has one white paw and blue eyes so he gets abandoned by the witch after she can't find another witch to take him on, and Gobbolino is alone in the world. A perfect story for A Puffin Book with charming black and white illustrations by the author, Ursula Moray Williams. 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! The story may be 75 years old now, but the style shouldn't put off readers/listeners, the language is readable and moves along nicely.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.
His heritage gives almost everyone around him reason to move him on, and his life becomes one adventure after another as yet another home becomes unwelcoming and rebuffs the kitten.
Una however loved it and summed up the plot to Martin "It's about a cat and he just wants to be a kitchen cat but it isn't fair because nobody understands him. No one could mistake Gobbolino for a simple kitchen cat, with his sparky whiskers and magic tricks, but that's just what the witch's kitten wants to be. Orange boards with black and white illustration by Catherine Rayner to both boards, the title page and throughout the text.
And in the end he is accepted - because he has been changed into something else and looks different. The illustrations by Paul Howard are soft pencil sketches, giving the tale an old-fashioned quality that suits it very well. The reader was taken on an emotional roller-coast of repeated anticipation, hope, then disappointment.I prefer to believe that she simply failed to think through the unpleasant implications of Gobblino's contentment at fitting in with a family whose head wanted to destroy him merely for being what he was born to be, through no fault of his own. He has many adventures along the way and makes many friends, until he finally finds the home he dreams of. Sweet story about a witch’s cat who wants to be an ordinary kitchen cat, and all of his adventures on the journey to find a forever home. 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.