A litter of winged kittens flee the city for the countryside in this first “small gem of a book” (Publishers Weekly) in legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin’s bestselling Catwings chapter book series, now with a new look!

Mrs. Jane Tabby can’t explain why her four kittens—Thelma, Roger, James, and Harriet—were born with wings. Whatever the reason, she’s grateful they can use their flying skills to soar away from the dangerous, busy city where they were born. But once the kittens escape, they learn that country life comes with its own difficulties—just as they learn that help and friendship can be found in even the most unlikely places.

Design by Irene Metaxatos
Originally published in 1988 by Orchard Books

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An American Booksellers Association Pick of the List

“[Le Guin’s] dialogue, humor, skill as a storyteller and emotional veracity combine near-flawlessly in a story that is both contemporary and timeless.” —The New York Times

★ “A captivating fantasy.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“A small gem of a book.” —Publishers Weekly

“Every cat lover will wish for one of his or her own.” —The Horn Book

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