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The Rabbi's Cat



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Author
Sfar, Joann
Descriptors
Cats
Cultural Differences
Graphic Novel
Judaism-Customs and Practices
Location/Setting:
Algeria
Time Period:
1930s
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Summary
The story of a cat, whose name is not mentioned, who belongs to the rabbi and his daughter who live in Algeria in the 1930s. One day the cat swallows a parrot and suddenly heís able to speak. He decides he wants to be educated in Jewish law and to have a Bar Mitzvah.
Critique
This cute (but adult-themed) story about a smart aleck cat and the rabbi and his family acquaints us with Jewish culture as well as the other cultures of the time in Algeria (Arab and French). It also tells the tale of the rabbi, his worries about keeping his position, the marriage of his daughter, and a trip they all take to Paris (the cat goes too, of course). The illustrations are rather squiggly with lots of small lines of dialogue. At the end of the book is a picture of the artist and his own cat; the cat in the story looks very much like the authorís cat.
ISBN
0375422811
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# of Pages
142
Published
2005
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Reviewer's Initials: AJ


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