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. Volume XIX Number 36. . . .May 17, 2013
Lillian is an orphan who lives with her aunt on an isolated farm near Tanglewood Forest. She spends her days interacting with the many stray cats that live in the forest and exploring it, looking for the fairies and evidence of the magic that she has heard about from stories. She finally has an unwitting encounter with the magic of the forest when a group of the stray cats transform her into a kitten in order to save her life from a snake bite. Dismayed by her transformation, Lillian embarks on a quest through the forest to reverse the magic of the cats and save herself from the fatal snakebite. Along the way, Lillian encounters talking animals, witches, forest spirits and the formidable bear people. She also comes to trust her instincts and value her own resourcefulness.
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest is written in a classic fairy tale style, with a character on a seemingly impossible quest. The writing is timeless, and the characters are enchanting and engaging. The quality of the writing is complemented by the colourful and detailed illustrations by Charles Vess. The prose and the illustrations work together to tell an enchanting modern fairy tale. The Cats of Tanglewood Forest is an excellent choice for fans of fantasy or fairy tales and is a recommended purchase for public and school libraries.
Tara Stieglitz is a librarian at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB.
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