"He was the best of toms. He was the worst of toms."
Cheshire Cheese Cat,
Skilley was a cat with a secret, but then, who living in and around Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London, didn't have at least one secret? Secrets kept them apart, and secrets brought them together. Skilley was accustomed to scrabbling for food and, in the process, learned to be fleet afoot, sharp of eye, and clever in calculating the distance between the fishmonger's broom and the dead fish whose aroma beckoned him. But often, not fleet enough. His battle scars and broken tail spoke of his battles with the brooms as well as with his nemesis, Pinch, the evil, ginger-striped alley cat who showed compassion to no creature, but of course, he, too, had his secret.
But, it was, afterall, Pinch whose warning to stay away from The Cheese proved more of an invitation than an admonition for Skilley. Pinch had described the mice that had overrun the tavern. An audacious plan began to grow in Skilley's mind. Surely, he thought, working inside Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Tavern would be his bird nest on the ground, assuring him of security for rest of his nine lives. It wouldn't be without problems. It, after all, had DOORS, and many secrets inside as well.
can follow Skilley into the story that gave the great author, Charles
Dickens, ideas for a book he was writing, looking for inspiration for
just the right opening.
Kids Wings is surprised that this book did not win the 2012 Newbery Medal.
The Cheshire Cheese Cat contains deliciously prodigious vocabulary, intertwined plot, curious creatures, historical setting, seriously entertaining story, secrets, and splendid black-and-white illustrations that manage to be both realistic and comical. What more could a reader want? You will love hearing it read aloud by a talented storyteller in the Audible version of the book.
The 40-page Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic applications, are all inspired by a cat and mouse, a barmaid, a ghost, lots of cheese, and Charles Dickens himself. Included is an interactive Jeopardy-like game that will conclude the study with fun.
and Answers with Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
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Kids Wings Units for Award-Winning History and Historical Fiction
Kids Wings' 52-page activities PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, are available now. They are perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard foThe Cheshire Cheese Cat, A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright!
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