***The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly
by Luis Sepulveda
translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden
illustrations by Chris Sheban
March 21, 2004.
Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic Press), New York, 2003. 126
The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly
is a simple and thoroughly nice story. Zorba is a cat from the port
city of Hamburg. One day a seagull flies onto his balcony. She
is covered with oil from an oil slick, and she has made her last flight.
With her last strength she lays an egg. Before she dies, she asks
Zorba for three promises: Not to eat the egg, to look after it until
the chick is born, and to teach it to fly.
Zorba faithfully sets out to keep his promises, but it’s not easy for
a cat to teach a bird to fly. Something extraordinary will have to
My 9-year-old son read this first and liked it a lot. This is simply
a good story. As with all Arthur Levine Books, the pictures are perfect
for the text. A good story about an unlikely friendship and keeping
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.