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Papa Gatto
An Italian Fairy Tale
retold and illustrated by Ruth Sanderson

published 2015 10" x 8" • 32 pages • full-color
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“Sanderson's elegant, richly descriptive language contributes to a smooth retelling, and her lavish oil paintings are as beautifully handled as the narrative, evoking the lush textures of the clothing and textiles, the lovely landscaped gardens, and the luxurious apartments… if you have this book on hand, other versions won't be necessary. A wonderful picture book…”
—Booklist, starred review

“A lovely, lucid retelling of an Italian folktale… The oil paintings glow with warm, rich tones. Sanderson pays meticulous attention to detail and captures the mood perfectly… An unusual, well-illustrated, appealing book.”
—School Library Journal


Papa Gatto, trusted adviser to the prince, learns that judgment can be clouded by appearances when he hires the lovely Sophia to care for his eight tiny kittens. When Papa Gatto realizes his mistake, his home is in shambles, his kittens are neglected, and a priceless heirloom is in Sophia's hands. Fortunately, the next helper he hires is Beatrice, whose affection for his kittens assures him that this time he has found someone he can trust. The crafty Sophia, however, has other ideas...

With its surprising twist to the happily-ever-after ending and its exquisitely detailed illustrations, this charming Italian fairy tale is sure to become a favorite of cat lovers, caretakers, and hopeless romantics everywhere.

Ruth Sanderson is the highly acclaimed illustrator of over seventy five books for children. Her fairy tale retellings include Cinderella, Rose Red and Snow White, The Snow Princess, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Her original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood, won both the Young Hoosier Award and the Bank Street College Award. The Texas Bluebonnet Award was given to her retelling of The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Magic Ring. Ruth lives with her husband in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

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