Nico grinds grain in a windmill and Katje keeps the mice away. They have a very loving relationship. Katje spends her days chasing mice and her nights curled up in bed with Nico. They go for long walks together and watch for storms. She brings in dust and is constantly being swept out by Lena.
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Nico grinds grain in a windmill and Katje keeps the mice away. They have a very loving relationship. Katje spends her days chasing mice and her nights curled up in bed with Nico. They go for long walks together and watch for storms. She brings in dust and is constantly being swept out by Lena. Once the baby arrives, Katje is constantly being swept away off the crib. But Katje still sneaks in to play with the baby. Katje decides to not come home anymore and instead sleep in the mill. One day a huge storm hits and the dike breaks, flooding the town.
Katje and the baby are swept up in the floor. Both are rescued, safe and sound. Katje is now allowed indoors and sleeps in the cradle as her own once the baby outgrows it.
She is careful to lick her paws before entering. She plays with the baby and chases mice, content once again with her life. Based on the St. Charming story of how marriages and other life events can shake things up in a family not only for people but also for pets. Great depiction of the bond between animals and children and animals and people and how they come together in the face of adversity.
Highly recommended as both a historical source of Middle Ages Netherlands and as a feel-good tale. Illustrations complement both nicely. Share this:.
Katje, the windmill cat.
Vat Day flood in Holland into an engaging story in terms that children will understand; the facts never intrude upon the seamless narrative. Both art and text infuse this little-known piece of history with warmth and imagination. Katje the Windmill Cat Then he gets married. It was so sad to see Katje pushed out of bed to make room for the wife, or swept out of the house because she made pawprints on the floor. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Shelves: picture-books , kitty-cats Using a historical legend from the Netherlands about a cat and human infant who survived the terrible fifteenth-century St. Devoted to her human, Nico the Miller, Katje was a much-indulged only cat, until the day Nico came home from the village with his new wife, Lena. A tidy Using a historical legend from the Netherlands about a cat and human infant who survived the terrible fifteenth-century St. A tidy soul who liked to clean, Lena had little patience for Katje or anyone else tracking flour into her house. If anything, I thought this was probably a fairly realistic depiction of how a new housewife, one determined to keep her new domain clean and boy, what an incredible amount of work that involved, before the advent of modern conveniences like electricity and heated water! This too, while disturbing to some, seemed realistic to me. Sometimes, people need something extraordinary to happen, in order to be jolted out of their previous ideas and ways of looking at things.
Katje, the Windmill Cat
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