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Dorothy H. Madlee (1917–1980)

Autor(a) de Star Ka'at

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Includes the name: Dorothy Madlee


Obras por Dorothy H. Madlee

Star Ka'at (1976) — Autor — 251 exemplares
Star Ka'at World (1978) — Autor — 175 exemplares
Star Ka'ats and the Plant People (1979) — Autor — 97 exemplares
Star Ka'ats and the Winged Warriors (1981) — Autor — 27 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

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Madlee, Dorothy Haynes
Outros nomes
Madle, Dorothy
Madle, Dorothy Haynes
Data de nascimento
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Local de nascimento
Springfield, Missouri, USA
Locais de residência
Orlando, Florida, USA
journalist (Sentinel Star | Orlando Sentinel)



Star Ka’at by Andre Norton, Dorothy Madlee

Andre Norton wrote many science fiction books about cats and other animals, and as the title and cover suggest, this is one of them. However, the Star Ka’at Series is for a younger audience than most of her works, and I think would probably be enjoyed most by people between 10 and 12 years of age. This book was first published in 1976.
The basic idea fueling the plot is that terrestrial cats are the descendants of a telepathic star-faring race of beings called Ka’ats who visited and settled on Earth in the distant past. At first, mankind could communicate with these alien visitors and respected them as equals (hence the ancient Egyptian obsession with cats), but this gradually changed as human civilization developed. Over countless generations, most of the Ka’ats on Earth lost their original sentience and became cats, but some still retain traces of their former powers.
The extraterrestrial Ka’at civilization has learned that humanity is about to destroy itself through greed and selfishness, and so embarks on a mission to rescue any earthly cats who can still respond to their call. The Ka’at operatives are commanded not under any circumstances to forge close connections with any humans, as this species is seen as too capricious and unreliable. The rescue operation seems set to run smoothly until a couple of the Ka’at scouts encounter two orphaned children who have the ability to respond to their telepathic messages. This presents the two scouts with a thorny ethical dilemma and potentially threatens the success of their whole mission.
This story is definitely well-suited to the age-group for which it is intended. The characterizations are generally good, and the descriptions of the children’s thoughts and feelings are quite convincing. Although they are both orphans, they come from widely different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and this situation is realistically reflected in the ways they think about the world and their places in it.
Themes and undercurrents related to environmental protection and stewardship responsibility for the planet run through quite a few of Andre Norton’s books, and this story may help young readers to become more aware of related issues.
Adult readers will find this a simple story and a quick read. While I think people of any age could enjoy it, those of the intended target group may especially be interested in the creative concepts, unfamiliar vocabulary, and the notion of super-intelligent talking cats from another planet! And the detailed and attractive pencil illustrations throughout the book will likely be appreciated by young and old alike.

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Hoppy500 | 1 outra crítica | Dec 1, 2021 |
I love cats. Andre Norton definitely wrote them into a lot of stories, so I think she must have too. Unfortunately this book did not read like a typical Norton. The characterization of the cats was spot on, but the telepathy thing wasn't done very well. If I hadn't had read this sort of storyline before, I might have found it confusing. I know my sixth graders would have had to have it explained. I liked the story, but the construction wasn't up to what I would have expected from the Granddam of science-fiction.… (mais)
GlenRH | 1 outra crítica | Jul 26, 2021 |
I liked the story in this book. It's impressive how much Andre Norton can weave into one middle-grade novel. I especially like that while the giant insects are dangerous, they are not depicted as evil, and there turns out to be a good reason why they are so aggressive. I was disappointed in the Star Ka'ats for their inability to understand and work with their cat companions on the Star Ka'ats' homeworld, since their solution, removing the cats who are unable to act like ka'ats to a different planet rather than seeking to understand the psychological underpinnings of cat behavior, seems like a way of avoiding rather than actually dealing with the differences between cats and ka'ats.… (mais)
JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
For such a short book, and one written more for kids, this was a very creative story. I love the sentient plant creatures and their crab predators are the stuff of nightmares even for us grown-up readers. I did read the first book in the Star Ka'at series, so I was not completely lost, but I do wish I had read the series in order because there was obviously another adventure in between what I read before and this book, and the previous adventure was referenced enough to make me feel a bit out of the loop, but not to where I didn't understand and enjoy the story.… (mais)
JBarringer | 1 outra crítica | Dec 30, 2017 |



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