This heroic tale was inspired by a true story that took place over years ago. It tells of Katje the windmill cat who lives happily with Nico, the miller, in a Dutch. Woelfle (The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills) transforms a historical account of the 15th-century St. Elizabeth’s Day flood in Holland into an en. Katje, the Windmill Cat has ratings and 38 reviews. Kathryn said: Based on the true story of the Elizabeth’s Day Flood in South Holland, this is.
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Katje, the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle
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Return to Book Page. Katje, the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle. A heroic tale, based on a true story more than five hundred years old, of a cat, a baby, and a flood “Smoothly told as well as finely illustrated, this heartwarming book.
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See 1 question about Katje, the Windmill Cat…. Lists with This Book. Sep 16, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: Based on the true story of the Elizabeth’s Day Flood in South Holland, this is the story of Katje, the windmill cat, who is not welcomed by the miller’s new wife but eventually saves the day. I love the illustrations here! Nicola Bayley really knows cats and does a lovely, charming job portraying them in her work.
I especially loved this one because we have a calico cat ;- They bumped this up to a four star for me. However, the story made me rather sad.
I don’t think there is anything exactl Based on the true story of the Elizabeth’s Day Flood in South Holland, this is the story of Katje, the windmill cat, who is not welcomed by the miller’s new wife but eventually saves the day. I don’t think there is anything exactly wrong with the way it was told, and there is a happy ending BUT, being such a cat-lover myself, the miller’s wife’s lack of understanding about Katje upset me.
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.
It didn’t make sense, when the miller and Katje had been so close before and he still clearly cared about her, but I guess he just wanted to cater to the wife? Also, I sometimes find myself annoyed with stories where an animal or person is highly disliked until it does something to help the person who had been mean to it in the first place–I know it is meant to show that people can change, but sometimes it just irks me since it seems like the cat or whatever is only appreciated because of what it did, not because of its true self just a personal pet-peeve If nothing else, reading this story made me appreciate my husband even more.
When we got married, I knew that I was also getting a very pampered princess step-cat in the bargain. And while Pandy and I sometimes had trouble adjusting to one another I think Katje was a bit more amiable than Pandy about the whole “having to share daddy” thingI’m glad we stuck with it.
She still loves daddy best, but we never pushed her out of the bed and now she sleeps on my side ; View all 9 comments. Gorgeous and just wonderful.
Katje the Windmill Cat
Made me very sad and very angry, even though there is a happy ending to this historical fiction tale. Hated the new wife for quite some time! Hated that a loving cat, a treasured family member, was pushed aside, first for the wife, then for the new baby.
My sadness persisted even after things turned around and the cat was once again appreciated. There is also an interesting author’s no Pictures: There is also an interesting author’s note at the end of the book.
View all 7 comments. Found this book yesterday, when visiting a museum. I knew the story, because it is part of the folklore tales of my country.
It’s a lovely book to read to kids who are learning to read. When their reading abilities improve it is a good story to read themselves. Illustrations, so important to stimulate fantasy, are wonderful, even I got a bit emotional when I finished the book. Based on events during the Saint Elizabethflood, 5 November This story also has given its name to one of the most Found this book yesterday, when visiting a museum.
This story also has given its name to one of the most famous places in the Netherlands: View all 4 comments. Aug 10, Josette rated it liked it. I told my kids this story wasn’t true while I was reading it–turns out it was! Aug 11, Isobel Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: The moral of the story is about the importance of the cat performing a heroic action that saved the baby. The message gives children an idea that it is important to think of others and not just themselves. The story also teaches children about the history on November 5 on st Elizabeth’s day where a violent storm from the North Sea broke through the dikes flooding a small village in South Holland.
Katje, the Windmill Cat
The idea of Katjie the windmill cat is ktaje true story, this teaches the children about the strong The moral of the story is about the importance of the cat performing a heroic action that saved the baby. The idea of Katjie the windmill cat is a true story, this teaches the children about the stronger dike built around the village named after kinderdijk which men’s children’s dike in Dutch to honour the baby who was saved by the cat.
I would recommend this book because it taught about a different part of history that took place in Holland. The illustrations in the book are basic which helped me to picture the bad weather in south Holland in the small village. Mar 07, Carrie rated it really tje it Shelves: A beautiful story beautifully told. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the wife’s treatment of the cat to begin with!
Why was I crying my eyes out at the end of this story? Feb 28, l. Cute illustrations but the story needs more focus on the cat. This reminds me of a sad ep of My Cat From Hell actually. Jan 11, Julia Jasztal rated it it was amazing. This is a beautiful, beautiful book! I thought – wrongly – that it would be boring when we first started it so I’m happy we kept winsmill.
Inon Nov. After the storm passed the villagers built a new dike to hold back the ocean. They named this the Kinderdijk which is Children’s Dike in Winsmill. This was to honour the baby – and I hope – the cat. Thf fictional story is a good one – Katje lives with a miller and he soon brings a new wife home. The wife isn’t as tolerable as the miller and the cat is almost human how realistic! The end is especially touching with the wnidmill grabbing the baby and the wife grabbing Katje.
Julia’s always had a hard time appreciating books based on true stories while, being such a non-fiction lover, I can’t stay away. She was able to get more into this true story which I read to her after finishing Katje.
Maybe because an winmdill is involved and she’s able to imagine it better? I’ll have to find some other stories based on real life with animals in them. Tue 16, Karen GoatKeeper rated it it was amazing Shelves: Katje is the miller’s cat, loved and honored by him. Then he gets married. Katje finds herself replaced. The couple has a baby. The cat loves the child but the mother is afraid the cat sill latje it.
Then comes the flood. This story is based on a true story. The illustrations reflect the story’s Dutch setting. They are in an old windmlll as the story is an old one set in long ago times.
Their detail and delicacy is a delight to see. Children would be tthe not only with the pictures but also the stor Katje is the miller’s cat, loved and honored by him. Children would be delighted not only with the pictures but also the story of a true heroine cat. This is a beautifully illustrated educational children’s book about the St.
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Elizabeth’s flood of November that left many parts of southern Holland under water. But, from the flood sprung the legend of the cat and a baby in a cradle that lived in one of the 19 windmills in the area known as Kinderdijk Children’s Dike in Alblasserward. Oct 11, Claire rated it liked it.
I more appreciated the beautiful artwork from this book than the actual story when I looked through this book, I admit. However, the story is a classic Dutch one!