Caught up in an oil spill, a dying seagull scrambles ashore to lay her final egg and lands on a balcony, where she meets Zorba, a big black cat from the port of Hamburg. The cat promises the seagull to look after the egg, not to eat the chick once it's hatched and - most difficult of all - to teach the baby gull to fly. Will Zorba and his feline friends honour the promise and give Lucky, the adopted little seagull, the strength to discover her true nature? A moving, uplifting and life-enhancing story with a strong environmental theme, Luis Sepulveda's instant children's classic has been a worldwide best-seller and is presented here with new drawings by acclaimed illustrator Satoshi Kitamura.
My favourite thing about the book is the bond between the cats, and the way they all help the baby seagull. -- Daniel Pilling, 9, National Geographic Kids Magazine It is a such an animated story - all the characters, including the cats, the seagulls and even the human, are so lively - so it was not hard to picture them. I enjoyed illustrating the book enormously. -- Satoshi Kitamura If Aesop was writing stories for the climate change generation he could have written this spare and wonderful fable. -- Tony from The Alligator's Mouth, Richmond The language throughout is a marvel of economy and warmth * Publishers Weekly * There are many different kinds of families, but this is the story of one of the strangest and most wonderful ones I've ever met! * Teachers Magazine * The inter-species cooperation is heart-warming * Nudge Books * A must read if you like happy tales, and animal tales! * Nayu's Reading Corner * The message is overwhelmingly positive; the writing is superbly descriptive and atmospheric and the story has a powerful environmental message - it's a story to ponder over and perfect for classroom discussion. * Parents in Touch * Kitamura's poetic, humorous and witty illustrations are the perfect match for Sepulveda's fable. I love the fact it's set in my home town. -- Axel Scheffler It's beautifully written, expertly translated and Satoshi Kitamura's illustrations perfectly catch the comedy, melancholy and the joy * Books for Keeps * Luis Sepulveda's fable-like story is an international bestseller, and this translation, with illustrations from Japanese artist Satoshi Kitamura, makes an appealing little package * BookTrust * A charming tale of learning to love and appreciate someone who's different * Inis Magazine *
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