The Cat Who Covered the World

The Cat Who Covered the World : The Adventures of Henrietta and Her Foreign Correspondent

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  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • ill
  • 0753152185
  • 9780753152188

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Christopher S Wren always prefererd dogs to cats. He acquired feline Henrietta, one of a large litter, only because a friend was offering a bottle of whisky with each kitten - and he'd forgotten to buy Christmas presents for his two children. He was, of course, immediately enslaved by the ball of grey fluff which seemed too small to call a kitten, and Henrietta at once became an essential member of their family. There was one snag. Wren was Foreign Correspondent for the New York Times, sent abroad at the whim of the newspaper. His first posting was to Russia. The family's arrival at Moscow airport was a breath-holding moment. Customs officials exchanged opinions over Henrietta's head in very fast Russian. Luckily Wren had done his homework well enough to decipher what they were saying: 'Oh, what a beautiful American cat... she must be tired after such a long journey.' They hardly looked at the human family, who had never before cleared airport formalities so quickly. It was a good start; but Henrietta's arrival was not always so welcome. The Japanese loved cats; so did the Egyptians who once worshipped them, though it was here that Henrietta had her most alarming adventure, wandering out of the house in the centre of Cairo, and remaining absent in the teeming streets for so long that the family was well into grieving mode before she returned, bedraggled, skinny and bitten all over. Beijing followed Cairo, then Ottawa, and Johannesburg; all very different and presenting a steep learning curve not only for Henrietta but the whole family. The children learned new languages fluently and idiomatically at school and from their new friends - and a great deal about the varying lifestyles of the countries they lived in. Their parents did, too. And the common denominator everywhere - the creature who made each place home - was the bundle of grey fluff who grew into a striking and characterful cat. Those not devoted to family pets will still find in the story much that is interesting about the life of the peripatetic Wrens, who gallantly stood up to their strange but ultimately rewarding upheavals, described here with humour and affection. (Kirkus UK)show more