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The Story of a Cat   By: (1812-1883)

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"The Story of a Cat" by Émile de La Bédollière is a heartwarming tale that captivates readers both young and old. This delightful book takes us on a journey through the life of a humble cat, exploring the world from its perspective.

In this enchanting story, de La Bédollière masterfully combines vivid imagery with a charming narrative style, instantly transporting readers into the feline protagonist's world. Through captivating prose, he creates a vivid and relatable portrait of a cat's everyday life, filled with adventure, love, and even a touch of mischief.

The author's attention to detail shines through, allowing us to see the world through the cat's keen senses. From the way it navigates the streets to its encounters with other animals, every page reveals the unique experiences and challenges faced by the cat as it navigates its surroundings.

One of the highlights of this book is the way it explores the concepts of friendship, loyalty, and the importance of finding one's place in the world. The story beautifully depicts the cat's interactions with both humans and animals, highlighting the significance of human-animal relationships and the impact they can have on one's life.

Additionally, de La Bédollière's endearing illustrations add an extra layer of charm to the narrative. These intricate black-and-white drawings not only showcase the author's artistic talent but also help to bring the story to life, allowing readers to truly visualize the scenes described.

"The Story of a Cat" strikes the perfect balance between joy and melancholy, making it a poignant yet uplifting read. As the cat embarks on its journey, readers are touched by its resilience and its ability to adapt to various situations. The book's gentle storytelling gently tugs at the heartstrings, leaving a lasting impression.

While "The Story of a Cat" is primarily aimed at younger readers, it holds a timeless appeal that transcends age barriers. Its universal themes and relatable characters make it a delightful read for animal lovers and those seeking a touching tale of determination and companionship.

In conclusion, "The Story of a Cat" by Émile de La Bédollière is a heartfelt and engaging story that will undoubtedly leave readers both enchanted and moved. With its beautiful prose, endearing illustrations, and a narrative that truly captures the spirit of feline companionship, this book is a must-read for anyone who appreciates a well-crafted and heartwarming tale.

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Translated from the French of




With Silhouettes by L. Hopkins

Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Company The Riverside Press Cambridge

Copyright, 1878, by Houghton, Osgood and Company Copyright, 1906, by T. B. Aldrich Copyright, 1910, by Mary Elizabeth Aldrich

All Rights Reserved, Including the Right to Reproduce This Book or Parts Thereof in Any Form


M. Bédollière's charming story of Mother Michel and her cat was turned into English for the entertainment of two small readers at the writer's fireside. Subsequently the translation was fortunate enough to find a larger audience in the pages of a popular juvenile magazine. The ingenious and spirited series of silhouettes with which Mr. Hopkins has enriched the text is the translator's only plea for presenting in book form so slight a performance as his own part of the work.




There lived in Paris, under the reign of King Louis XV., a very rich old countess named Yolande de la Grenouillère. She was a worthy and charitable lady, who distributed alms not only to the poor of her own parish, Saint Germain l'Auxerrois, but to the unfortunate of other quarters... Continue reading book >>

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