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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Narrator: Ursula K. Le Guin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Newbery Medal-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin delights young listeners with her Catwings books.

Kitten Alexander Furby's parents think he is just wonderful. But when he goes exploring on his own one day, he gets stuck in a tree. Soon a black kitten with wings helps him and brings him home to a whole family of winged cats. How can Alexander repay her kindness? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emelia | 2/15/2014

    " LOVED it! Just my kind of book. ^^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 2/10/2014

    " I read this series when I was really little. But I absolutely loved cats back then (well, I still do!) and for me this was just about the best series ever. If I looked back and read it now, I'd probably finish it in 20 minutes and think it was pretty boring. But if you know someone who is just beginning to read short chapter books and they love animals, give them a book from this series and they will just eat it up! ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 2/7/2014

    " I was reading this series to my 4-year-old son and he really enjoyed the first couple, but this one taught me that I need to pre-read books even if I think I know the author and her style. The young cat Jane has had a trauma so terrifying that it causes her to become mute except to say "me," and when she's scared, "hate!" My son was (and still is) very tenderhearted and easily worried. I tried to edit as I read, but it was rather difficult. In the end, we had a long talk about what hate is, why rats would be so terrifying, and what it means to be traumatized to the point of being unable to speak. I tried to explain that animals don't hate one another and that there is nothing evil about rats. It was all way over his head, but we managed to get through it. I know that even the first couple books were a little old for him, given the realistic themes of animals attacking one another and leaving their parents so early, but I do think that this book was a departure. It added a psychological dimension that was beyond having to explain that some animals are predators and some are prey. Also, by introducing hate as an animal trait, I felt like it was a forcing an anthropomorphism that didn't fit with the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/17/2014

    " Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings adds another cat (without wings) to the gang. He also teaches Jane, the youngest Catwing, to talk. He's a fun character -- overconfident, gets a bit of a comedown (literally, actually -- Jane has to help him climb down a tree). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/2/2014

    " Gentle tale of kitties with wings. Perfect for the K or 1st grade chapter book reader. #3 in series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nelly Paulina | 11/21/2013

    " can't believe i hadn't read this one yet. lovely little story that ends with warm fuzzy feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexi | 10/21/2013

    " Wonderful book! <3 So charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/18/2013

    " Once again, #2 loved this book. He enjoyed the introduction of a new cat without wings and how the catwings found him. What a great series for young children! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy Powers | 9/21/2013

    " These books are written at an appropriate level for my four-year-old, but with a story a little more complex than many children's books. My son understood the story and we had a good talk about it when we finished. It's four chapters long, a good quick length for his age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/10/2013

    " A sweet story of learning limits and helping those in need of a friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 3/3/2013

    " A delightful book for young readers by one of my favorite authors. It's about fear, friendship and courage. Good, good read for beginners of chapter books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nooker | 9/5/2012

    " This was fun & actually translated well to audio. It was also cool to hear the author read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/6/2012

    " Marvelous early-level chapter book about cats with wings! These Catwings books are simply wonderful, with great stories that flow smoothly, and very detailed illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 7/25/2012

    " Maintains the high-quality storytelling found in the earlier two volumes of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quigui | 4/8/2012

    " Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin (2003) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura5 | 12/15/2011

    " This series is perfect to read aloud with my 5 yr old - who loves cats. Each book in the series is only 4-5 chapters, they have interesting vocabulary, and a more complex writing style than many early chapter books written today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 8/28/2011

    " Found this one first and now I'm reading the series. The little orange "normal" kitten in this one reminds me, in color, attitude and name, of my roommate's cat when I lived in Cambridge many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 3/31/2011

    " We've really enjoyed all the stories in the Catwings series. This was an interesting tale that introduces a new character, named Alexander. The stories are sweet and are a great way to introduce children to the fantasy genre. And the illustrations are so expressive - very enchanting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emry Acton | 3/9/2011

    " I thought this was weird but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nelly Paulina | 2/16/2011

    " can't believe i hadn't read this one yet. lovely little story that ends with warm fuzzy feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 2/11/2011

    " We've really enjoyed all the stories in the Catwings series. This was an interesting tale that introduces a new character, named Alexander. The stories are sweet and are a great way to introduce children to the fantasy genre. And the illustrations are so expressive - very enchanting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/13/2011

    " Gentle tale of kitties with wings. Perfect for the K or 1st grade chapter book reader. #3 in series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 6/8/2010

    " These books are written at an appropriate level for my four-year-old, but with a story a little more complex than many children's books. My son understood the story and we had a good talk about it when we finished. It's four chapters long, a good quick length for his age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 12/11/2009

    " Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings adds another cat (without wings) to the gang. He also teaches Jane, the youngest Catwing, to talk. He's a fun character -- overconfident, gets a bit of a comedown (literally, actually -- Jane has to help him climb down a tree). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renfrew | 2/24/2009

    " Maintains the high-quality storytelling found in the earlier two volumes of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 11/21/2008

    " Found this one first and now I'm reading the series. The little orange "normal" kitten in this one reminds me, in color, attitude and name, of my roommate's cat when I lived in Cambridge many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/30/2008

    " Once again, #2 loved this book. He enjoyed the introduction of a new cat without wings and how the catwings found him. What a great series for young children! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emelia | 5/19/2008

    " LOVED it! Just my kind of book. ^^
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/9/2008

    " Marvelous early-level chapter book about cats with wings! These Catwings books are simply wonderful, with great stories that flow smoothly, and very detailed illustrations. "

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Author Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is widely recognized as one of the greatest science fiction writers in the history of the genre. She has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards on several occasions, as well as many other honors and prizes.