This Cat Thinks He's "All That"!
In Old Québec City, Canada... on the streets, on the farms, in the market, and in many homes live lots of dogs and cats. Some are gray, some are brown, and still some are white; each living in different areas of the city, such as the marché, downtown, and at Novalait, une ferme laitière.
The most important of all of the animals in Vieux-Québec (even he would say so) is Un le Chat, a smart and clever cat. Because he is able to escape the house where he lives, Un acts as a messenger between all of the chiens errants in the city. Though they are from different groups from different parts of the city, these chiens all rely on each other to stay safe. And, mostly, life is good for them.
One day, however, Un learns that a few of the dogs at Novalait are missing and their chien friends that live there are very worried. Where are the chiens errants disappearing to? Which ones? How? And why? With the information that he learns on the streets, Un le Chat calls on all of his skills in order to help out his amis, the chiens errants at Novalait.
Is Un really as brilliant as he thinks, or is he just another cute cat who thinks he’s “all that”?
Unique Words: 240
Total Words: 4,700
©2018. French. Level 1. High school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover, 82 pages.
About the Author
Jennifer Degenhardt taught middle and high school Spanish for 24 years. She decided to combine her language skills with storytelling, specifically involving kids and culture. Her books highlight cultural, social, economic, and political themes necessary for continued conversation, both inside and outside the classroom. She hopes her stories will provide a platform for discussion, as anything can be solved—to some degree—with a conversation.