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The Resource Ketzel, the cat who composed, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Amy June Bates

Ketzel, the cat who composed, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Amy June Bates

Label
Ketzel, the cat who composed
Title
Ketzel, the cat who composed
Statement of responsibility
Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Amy June Bates
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn't mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he'd never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did--in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way."--Amazon website
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Award
  • Massachusetts Book Awards, Children's/YA Literature Award, 2016.
  • Show Me Readers Award (Missouri), 2018.
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers, 2016.
Review
  • PreS-Gr 2 — Musicians and cat lovers alike will enjoy this charming picture book based on a true story. Moshe Cotel, a young composer, lives alone in a busy, noisy city, but "Everything he heard was music to his ears." One day he discovers Ketzel, a tiny, black-and-white kitten, on the street. He holds her tenderly to his chest and declares, "I will take you home, and we will make beautiful music together," prophetic words, to say the least. When Moshe receives a letter from the Paris New Music Review about a contest to write a composition of 60 seconds or less, try as he might, he is at a loss. Then, Ketzel creeps across the keyboard, inadvertently accomplishing what the composer could not. "Moshe grabbed a pencil and jotted down exactly what he'd heard…. 'Your composition has a clear beginning, middle, and end, is full of heart, and takes exactly 21 seconds to play. Ketzel, you're a genius!'" The feline's "Piece for Piano: Four Paws" wins an honorable mention, and its furry composer actually attends a performance. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations depict a busy city, a sympathetic bearded musician, and a simply adorable protagonist. VERDICT A delightful read.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools --Barbara Auerbach (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p74)
  • /* Starred Review */ Here’s a lovely tale of cross-species affection and creativity, based on a true story (recounted in an afterword). While seeking inspiration in the busy streets of New York City, a composer and pianist named Moshe Cotel finds and adopts a stray kitten, bestowing it with the Yiddish name Ketzel (for “kitten”). Ketzel proves more than a companion: when Moshe needs an entry for a music competition restricted to pieces no longer than one minute, the kitten steps in and composes a piece by walking across the keys (Moshe dubs it “Piece for Piano: Four Paws” and gives her full credit). Newman’s great affection for her subject is evident, yet she never crosses into cutesiness or sentimentality; her reportorial tone is a perfect match for her down-to-earth, generous hero. Bates, working in hues of parchment and gold, produces some wonderfully warm vignettes, pushing the graceful realism of her watercolor, gouache, and pencil drawings just enough to add a glint of magic to a story that’s already one of a kind. Ages 5–8. Author’s agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. Illustrator’s agency: Shannon Associates. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 10, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 32, p)
  • A cat strolls down a piano keyboard and saunters into musical history. Composer Moshe Cotel finds a stray kitten near his home and dubs her Ketzel, Yiddish for "little cat." One day a letter arrives, announcing a contest for a piece lasting one minute or less. Moshe toils away at his piano, but nothing he composes meets the time limit, and he gives up. Aiming to pounce on the grievous paper—Ketzel just knows it's causing her guardian's distress—she walks across the keys to reach the table where the letter lies. Little does she know what she's wrought. Moshe is astounded by what he's heard, immediately reproduces the notes on paper, and mails the "composition" off. In time another letter arrives—congratulating Ketzel on her award of "a certificate of special mention" for her "creative instinct and imagination." There's more: "Piece for Piano: Four Paws," will be performed! News of Ketzel's extraordinary achievement spreads, and she receives a royalty check that buys a bounty of cat food. This adorable account is as warm and fuzzy as Ketzel herself and all the sweeter because it's based on fact. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations suit the text perfectly, delightfully capturing Ketzel's furriness, the story's charming, lively energy, and Moshe and the "composer's" loving friendship. Truly, the cat's meow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10449002
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Newman, Lesléa
Dewey number
636
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Elementary Grade
  • 730L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
4.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pianists
  • Cats
  • Friendship
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Ketzel, the cat who composed, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Amy June Bates
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1412079
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763665555
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763665555
  • (OCoLC)900179944
Label
Ketzel, the cat who composed, Lesléa Newman ; illustrated by Amy June Bates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1412079
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763665555
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763665555
  • (OCoLC)900179944

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