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Author: Sanderson, Ruth
Illustrator: Sanderson, Ruth
Publisher: Crocodile Books
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781566560900
Grades: K-6

Papa Gatto: An Italian Fairy Tale

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Who can Papa Gatto find to care for his eight little kittens while he is at work for the prince? A widow is intrigued by the ad Papa Gatto has posted, especially the part about choosing ones own payment and that no amount is too great. Deciding that her daughter would be a good choice because she would insist on a large sum for her services, she send Sophia to answer the ad. Dazzled by the girl’s beauty Papa Gatto quickly hires her. Upon his return, he is dismayed to see the mess his home is in and sends her packing with no payment.
When he once again must leave to take care of business for the prince he posts another ad asking for a suitable person to look after his home and children. This time the widow’s hardworking stepdaughter, Beatrice takes the job. She cares for the kittens and keeps the house very clean. When it is clear that she must return to her step-mother and sister she is sad since she has grown to love the kittens as much as they have come to love her.
The prince, Papa Gatto’s employer has the opportunity to meet Sophia and confuses her for Beatrice. He is determined to marry the wonderful young lady who cared for Papa Gatto’s kittens and is angered to find out later that Sophia lied to him.
This Cinderella-like tale ends much as you might expect with the kittens exposing the fraud and everyone living happily ever after, except the conniving widow and her lazy daughter. This Italian fairy tale provides an excellent example of  how judgement can be clouded by appearances. Grade 3 to 6.

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