By James Rumford
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780618224234, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 2003
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Calabash Cat, a West African cat, sets out one day to find where the world ends. His adventures take him across a desert, grasslands, a jungle, and the ocean, until he finds what he is looking for.
Illustrated in the style of the calabash engravers of the country of Chad, James Rumford’s original tale will keep you thinking long after you have closed the covers of this bookabout our one world, and about seeking knowledge and finding wisdom.
Master storyteller James Rumford combines his love for art and history in his picture books. Each of his books is vastly different in its content, design, and illustrations but one aspect remains constant throughout his work: his passion about his subjects. Rumford, a resident of Hawaii, has studied more than a dozen languages and worked in the Peace Corps, where he traveled to Africa, Asia, and Afghanistan. He draws from these experiences and the history of his subject when he is working on a book. His book Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing was a 2005 Sibert Honor winner.
"A wonderful choice for reading aloud, offering much fodder for thought and discussion." School Library Journal
"In this original tale illustrated with austere elegance... Arabic text parallels the English, adding greatly to the story's message that different parts of the world tend to see things from their own unique perspectives, but that the only way to see clearly is to rise above it all." Horn Book
"The author of 'Traveling Man' and other tales, in which the journey is more meaningful than the destination, will gain a host of younger fans with this feline odyssey." Kirkus Reviews
"A lovely, though message-laden, book with multigenerational appeal." Booklist, ALA