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Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

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Gobbolino este un pisoi de vrăjitoare, ceea ce îl face special, simpatic, cu trăsături neobișnuite și cu ceva arsenal de vrăji minore. Travelling between such establishments as an orphanage, a Punch and Judy show, a princess's castle - will the black cat ever find somewhere he can settle and make his home? It is beautifully written, and I love it now as an adult as much as I did 30 years ago when I read it the first time. But in the end, after much wandering about and meeting all sorts of characters along the way, he loses his ability to perform magic and is finally accepted as a proper kitchen cat, and he can happily give lots of affection to his new owners.

The reader was taken on an emotional roller-coast of repeated anticipation, hope, then disappointment. While reading this, I thought about all the stray cats in the world, all the abandoned ones, the unwanted, the discarded furry creatures and I wished with all my heart that they find a place to settle, to curl in, by the fire with a warm milk or a blanket to comfort them, a loving family to love them forever.Being so kind-hearted and not keen to perform spells and magic tricks, he gets abandoned by his mistress witch and sets off on a series of adventures to find his fortune elsewhere.

One kitten, Scootica, is black with green eyes (as is traditional for a witch's cat) wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and become apprenticed to a witch. Perhaps the one flaw of the book is that it is difficult to see how anyone could fail to love this little fellow. So, while his sister Sootica learns how to ride a broomstick and turn mice into toads, Gobbolino sets off to find a nice warm fire and a family to care for him.The illustrations by Paul Howard are soft pencil sketches, giving the tale an old-fashioned quality that suits it very well. Mesajul cărții este unul foarte profund și generos, învățându-i pe copii să privească dincolo de aparențe și să judece pe cineva pentru ceea ce este și nu pentru ceea ce pare a fi. A knight finds him and gives him to a lady as a gift, but when Gobbolino tries to help the knight win over the Lady, he only causes more trouble. 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.

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