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1. Cats in Folk and Fairy Tales Program Ideas for Adopt-A-Cat Month in June Compiled by Elizabeth Miller 2. This animal wavers on the borderland between the natural and the supernatural Carl Van Vechten June is Adopt-A- Cat for the American Humane Society. During this month libraries also have an opportunity to create programing that incorporates materials that feature this wonderful animal. Folk and fairy tales feature cats in all their mystery. This presentation explores only a few of the many resources available to librarians. Mortimer, Anne. Catopia: A Cat Compendium. HarperCollins Publishers, 2007 3. The Lion and The Mouse The cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes. Native American Proverb Try pairing Aesops Fable of The Lion and The Mouse available online from and Jerry Pinkneys (2009) The Lion & The Mouse. Image Source for Slide: By Kevin Pluck (Flickr: The King.) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons Quote sourced from: Mortimer, Anne. Catopia: A Cat Compendium. HarperCollins Publishers, 2007 Jerry Pinkneys work is a word- less picture book retelling the folk tale of the lion and the mouse. This book is perfect for storytime and paring it with Aesops tale can help some younger children relate to the tale. Aesops fables feature big cats in many of the tales. Using these for storytime coupled with a craft project would engage young readers. This story captures a story of kindness and friendship between a mouse and lion. 4. Puss in Boots To assume a cats asleep is a grave mistake. He can close his eyes and keep both his ears awake - Aileen Fisher Image Source: Quote sourced from: Mortimer, Anne. Catopia: A Cat Compendium. HarperCollins Publishers, 2007 Charles Perrault captured the folktale of Puss in Boots and there have been many retellings. This would be another folktale to include in a storytime program in June. This story is about a resourceful cat who uses all his cunning to help his master. 5. A Fractured Folktale Puss in Boots by DreamWorks Animation could be paired with a storytime featuring Charles Perrault's telling of Puss in Boots. While this movie serves as a prequel to Shrek 2, it could be another way to introduce readers to fractured folk and fairy tales, which use familiar characters and themes. After this slide a brief preview will play of this movies trailer. 6. The King of Cats King o the Cats is a retelling of a British folktale. Peter Black is a young man who notices that the cats in his town are acting very suspicious. Arron Sheppard offers a free version of this text on his website: ories/folk.html Image source for slide: By Creator/Contributor: Dielman, F. (Frederick), 1847-1935 (artist); L. Prang & Co. (publisher) (Flickr: The Widow) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 7. Cats in Creation Oloyou is a retelling of a Yoruba folktale from Cuba. This book is bilingual with English and Spanish text often side by side. It looks at the creation of a white cat, the only friend of the God-child that created her. Margarita Sadas wonderful illustrations show the trials of this special friendship. 8. The Lucky Cat: Maneki Neko There are many Japanese folktales that tell how the lucky cat came to be. Wendy Henrichs retelling of this story, in I am Tama, Lucky Cat, tells how a monks kindness earned him the gratitude and blessings of a lucky cat. In Koko Mishizukas retelling in The Beckoning Cat a poor shopkeepers kindness toward the lucky cat gains him wealth to care for his family and shop. Cats are love on four legs Richard Torregrossa Quote sourced from: Mortimer, Anne. Catopia: A Cat Compendium. HarperCollins Publishers, 2007 9. Another Cat Bringing Good Luck This is a Palestinian tale about Sitti, a grandmother in the village, rescues a kitten and earns gifts from the cat kingdom. Like the story of the Maneki Neko, kindness towards someone in need is rewarded. 10. Kittens, Kittens, and More Kittens There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten Jules Champfleury There are a variety of retellings of the nursery rhyme of the three kittens who lost their mittens. Jerry Pinkneys illustrations make these cuddly kittens tumble of the books pages. Paul Galdones bright illustrations capture the readers attention. Both are great additions to story time Image source for slide: By Pieter Lanser from The Netherlands (IMG_9051 Uploaded by oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. 11. This Danish folktale tells the story of a very hungry cat that eats all of his friends food and his best friend the mouse. Mouse has to cut herself out of the cat, but stays to help the cat heal since they are friends. A Hungry Cat A cats communicating ability is probably at its highest level of activity around mealtime. Jack Richter Quote sourced from: Mortimer, Anne. Catopia: A Cat Compendium. HarperCollins Publishers, 2007 12. The White Cat: A French Tale of Enchantment The White Cat is a fairy tale about a princess enchanted by fairies and turned into a cat. The prince is able to break the curse and the white cat becomes a princess again. This story was originally written down by Marie Catherine DAulnoy Image Sorce: Wikiart. The White Cat, Pierre Bonnard, 1894, oil on canvas, held by Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France. 13. A Collection of Cat Myths Cats of Myth: Tales from Around the World compiled by Gerald and Loretta Hausman is a collection of mythologies that includes tales of cats from many different cultures. These stories could be used at story time or for another program at a library in June. From Norse Mythology the Goddess Freyas Chariot is drawn by a pair of cats Image Source: By Ludwig Pietsch (1824-1911) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 74).jpg 14. The Cheshire Cat I wish I cold write as mysterious as a cat- Edgar Allan Poe The Cheshire cat is one of the most memorable of the literary cats. He appears in wonderful detail in Lewis Carrolls work Alice in Wonderland. Using images and excerpts to create a display for Adopt-a-Cat month in June will draw in patrons of all ages. Image Source for Slide: John Tenniel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 15. Cat Sock Puppets: Art & Craft Activity for Kids There are many different art and craft activity ideas that can be incorporated in library programing and story time. Sock puppets are one way to engage children in story time. I have included a brief video on how to create a sock puppet cat. This activity can be changed to meet individual program needs. After this slide an instructional video will play showing you one way to create a cat sock puppet. Image source for sock puppet: By Durova (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5- 2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. 16. Image source for slide: By Peter Forster [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. There are many more folk and fairy tales that include cats than the books listed here. There stories are just some that could be included in story times and programming for Adopt-a-Cat month in June for your library or class room. Final Thoughts ..DesktopAnnotated Resources for Cats in Folk and Fairy Tales.pdf Below is a link to a printable PDF of a list of annotated resources discussed in this presentation: 17. Resources Aesop. (2006). The Aesop for children with pictures by Milo Winter. (pp. 24). Retrieved from Bahous Allen, S. (1997). Sitti and the Cats. (N. Malick, Illustrator). Boulder, CO: Roberts Rinehart Publisher. Cardenas, T. (2008). Oloyou. (E. Amado, Trans.). (M. Sada, Illustrator). Berkley, CA: Publishers Group West. Carrol, L. (2014) Alices adventures in wonderland. (J. Tenniel, Illustrator). Kindle edition. Retrieved from Galdone, P. (2011). Three little kittens: a folk tale classic. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. Hausman, L. (2000). Cats of Myth. (L. Baker, Illustrator). New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Henrichs, W. (2011). I am Tama, lucky cat. (Y. Jaeggi, Illustrator). Alanta, GA: Peachtree. McDonald, M. R. (2001). Fat cat: a Danish folktale. (J. Paschkis, Illustrator). Little Rock: August House. Mortimer, A. (2007). Catopia: A Cat Compendium. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. Nikolajeva, M. (2009). Devils, Demons, Familars, Friends: Toward a Semiotics of Literary Cats. Marvels & Tales: Journa of Fairy- Tale Studies. 23(2), 248-267. Nishizuka, K. (2009). The beckoning cat. (R. Litzinger, Illustrator). New York: Holiday House. 18. Resources Perrault, C. (1990) Puss in boots. (M. Arthur, Trans.). (F. Marcellino, Illustrator). New York: Farra, Straus and Giroux. Perrault, C. (2009). The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault. Retrieved from h/29021-h.htm. Pinkney, J. (2012). Puss in boots. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. Pinkney, J. (2009). The lion & the mouse. New York: Little, Brown and Company. Pinkney, J. (2010). Three little kittens. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. Puss in Boots [Motion picture on DVD]. (2011). Dreamworks. San Souci, R.D. (1990). The White Cat: an old


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