The White Cat

The White Cat helps the youngest prince win his father s throne.A retelling of Madame D Aulnoy s La chatte blanche.
The White Cat The White Cat helps the youngest prince win his father s throne A retelling of Madame D Aulnoy s La chatte blanche

  • Title: The White Cat
  • Author: Robert D. San Souci Gennady Spirin
  • ISBN: 9780531071700
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The White Cat”

    1. Nice art by Spirin for this version of Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy's salon fairy tale "The White Cat," although I believe Spirin's Eastern-influenced style doesn't quite suit the 'Frenchness' of the original story.

    2. Here's another book that had good reviews on amazon, yet proved to be just plain weird!To start off, I was already familiar with this fairy tale from Dean's A Book of Fairy Tales, so I know a normal version already exists. Also, as a student of literature, I get how the literary tradition of folk tales works, so I know that often times there is incomplete and nonsensical information in the traditional story that leave a lot of holes.However, this book was like reading someone's made-up-on-the-sp [...]

    3. 1 European folktaleTitle (italicize): The White Cat: An Old French Fairy TaleAuthor: Robert D. San SouciIllustrator (if separate from author): Gennady SpirinGenre: European Fairy TaleTheme(s): Adventure, helping others, friendshipOpening line/sentence (type directly from text): Once, not so very long ago, a king called his three sons together and said, “I wish to turn over my crown to one of you and retire to my estate in the country. When I do, I want a pretty little dog to keep me company. W [...]

    4. Oh my gosh, c'est tres magnifique! Unbelievably, I had never read nor heard of this old French fairy tale before and it was great. The illustrations had characters in lovely French Baroque dress. I could see using this story for an out-loud retelling from memory. It has good, lively characters with some repetive actions, easy to recall storyline that would be fun. Great story time book as well.

    5. Interesting, whimsical, and varied fairytale by Madam D'Aulnoy and retold here. While the older version I read focused more closely on the couple and the leisure aspects, this one looked at other concerns. This one showed how the youngest prince helped the white cat protect her kingdom from others. While this may have took away from the king's challenges at times; this version held more surprise. The prince in the older version follows the cat's advice even though troubling to him. Here he goes [...]

    6. I had originally been told that this was a variation on "Rumpelstiltskin," but the connection is really, really vague. A prince is set a series of three impossible tasks, and an anthropomorphic white cat helps him fulfill them. That's about the only similarity, though. There is no death threat, and more importantly no guessing of the cat's name (though she isn't what she appears to be). That said, it's a fun fairy tale, and less grizzly than the one I dimly remember reading that involved beheadi [...]

    7. I love this fairy tale, sadly most readers doesn't seem to know it. The White Cat is way too fantastic than almost all the other fairy tales but still here we have a rather longer courtship and the princess asks the prince's hand in marriage! How cool is that for a fairytale? While many elements (connecting to "Rapunzel") of the older story have been left out, it's still nice and I enjoyed the reading.

    8. Spirin's illustrations are gorgeous. The rat-laden eggshell ships in the tea-stained sea battle scene resemble a child-friendly Bosch painting, if ever there could be such a thing. The story is a very predictable European fairy tale of three tasks a prince must perform in order to inherit his kingdom. The white cat is a female version of the beast from beauty and the beast, although the prince is attracted to this lady cat from the moment he meets her.

    9. I read this book as a recommendation after reading Holly Black's white cat. I really liked the fairy tale. I love the idea behind it, I wish I had a magical walnut. However I wish i was able to read the whole story. I saw similarities in to two stories in the idea that Queen was the cat and she helped the youngest son.

    10. Absolute favorite fairy tale of all time. I remember reading this in a big book of fairy tales we had as children, couldn't find it anywhere, but my mom found this version and gave it to me for my birthday. Still wish I could find the original big book we had it in, the illustrations in that were AMAZING. they don't do them like that anymore.:(

    11. This original fairy tale was written in french by a remarkable femalel writer. If I remember correctly it was over 900 pages long. I'd love to write my own version of this tale. My favorite part is how much fabric fits into a walnut shell. Oh, and the tiny dogs one after another are to die for. Plus, how cool to mary a cat princess right?

    12. This is a fantastic fairy tale from France. The narrative is entertaining and the illustrations by Gennady Spirin are gorgeously detailed. We really enjoyed readign this book together.

    13. This fairy tale was adorable! The illustrations in this version are beautiful and detailed. (Even if the story was not enjoyable, I would still love the illustrations!) Definitely a great addition to any fairy tale collection.

    14. This French fairy tale, which is derived from La chatte blanche in Madame d'Aulnoy's Les Coutes de fées,first published in Paris in 1698.A truly interesting tale of integrity.

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