Poetry Madness
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | March 26, 2015

    Kyle Boelte: IMG Selfies, Memoir, and the World Beyond the Self



    When I was a teenager in Colorado during the late '90s, I liked to climb 14ers — 14,000-foot mountains. I'd often hike with friends, and at... Continue »

    spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

Whittington

by

Whittington Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The power of reading is beautifully captured in this 2006 Newbery Honor-winning book.

Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for–two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Lady’s a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it.

Bernie’ s orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben can’t really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittington’s cat–the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world.

Review:

"This superior novel interweaves animal fantasy and family story with a retelling of the English folktale 'Dick Whittington and His Cat.' Teachers and librarians take note: Whittington reads aloud beautifully, and the extended happy ending will leave everyone smiling in delight." School Library Journal

Review:

"The author skillfully intertwines the modern barnyard world, a subplot involving Ben's reading troubles, and the rags-to-riches folktale. The illustrator's pen and ink drawings convey both the warmth of modern barnyard life and the timelessness of the folktale." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for-two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Ladys a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it.

Bernies orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben cant really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittingtons cat-the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world.

About the Author

Alan Armstrong started volunteering in a friends bookshop when he was eight. At 14, he was selling books at Brentanos. As an adult, every so often, he takes to the road in a VW bus named Zora to peddle used books. He is the editor of Forget Not Mee & My Garden, a collection of the letters of Peter Collinson, the 18th-century mercer and amateur botanist. He lives with his wife, Martha, a painter, in Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375828645
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Animals - Farm Animals
Illustrator:
Schindler, S. D.
Author:
Armstrong, Alan W.
Author:
illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Author:
Schindler, S. D.
Author:
Armstrong, Alan
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Domestic animals
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Edition Description:
Lst
Publication Date:
20050726
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.66x6.02x.79 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

Related Subjects

Children's » Animals » Animal Stories » General
Children's » Animals » Cats
Children's » Animals » Farm Animals
Children's » Awards » Newbery Award Winners
Children's » Fables
Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Middle Readers » Newbery Award Winners

Whittington
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 208 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375828645 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This superior novel interweaves animal fantasy and family story with a retelling of the English folktale 'Dick Whittington and His Cat.' Teachers and librarians take note: Whittington reads aloud beautifully, and the extended happy ending will leave everyone smiling in delight."
"Review" by , "The author skillfully intertwines the modern barnyard world, a subplot involving Ben's reading troubles, and the rags-to-riches folktale. The illustrator's pen and ink drawings convey both the warmth of modern barnyard life and the timelessness of the folktale."
"Synopsis" by , Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use for-two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Ladys a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it.

Bernies orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben cant really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittingtons cat-the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.