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 is based on a true story. And to know that it’s true?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book is based on a true account, which the author includes at the end of the book. Cat lovers will embrace this lovely work of historical fiction that revolves around an windmiill event that occurred in in a small village in Holland with a heroic cat, a violent storm, and a helpless infant.

Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick press, Inc. I didn’t know who the real cat and real baby were, so I made up the characters and the family and the windmill part of the book.

Katje, the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle

Katje, the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle. They are in an old style as the story is an old one set in long ago times.


The cat loves the child but the mother is afraid the cat sill hurt it. Thanks to Orchard Books for their help with this November cover. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Elizabeth’s Day flood in Holland into an engaging story in terms that children will understand; the facts never intrude cst the seamless narrative.

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This is a beautiful, beautiful book! Aug 10, Josette rated it liked it. Nov 16, Karen GoatKeeper rated it it was amazing Shelves: The only thing I didn’t like about it was the wife’s treatment of the cat to begin with!

The cat saves the family’s baby in a flood. Then comes the flood. The message gives children an idea that it is important to think of others and not just themselves.

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She even used one of her own cats as a model for Katje. My kids were not so into it but they might be a little too young kaje appreciate the story.

The moral of the story is about the importance of ktje cat performing a heroic action that saved the baby. These full-color illustrations are complemented by Delft blue ktje at the left of each page, the tiny details of which echo the action in the main illustrations—a dead mouse is depicted with tiny feet in the air on one wiindmill, while the accompanying picture shows a determined Katje chasing mice through the mill.

She is equally at home portraying the nuances of emotion between the characters and the dramatic sweep of the storm. An Activity Guide to Windmills transforms a historical account of the 15th-century St. Made me very sad and very angry, even though there is a happy ending to this historical fiction tale. Katje the cat leads a near-perfect life with Nico the miller, until he marries.


This story is a favorite of mine, and I love it even more now with Nicola Bayley’s exquisite illustrations. She still loves daddy best, but we never pushed her out of the bed and now she sleeps on my side ; Lena is clearly not a cat person, and when infant Anneke is born, Katje, despite obvious mutual affection between baby and cat, is banished to the mill.

Her pictures look like paintings from the Dutch Renaissance. This story is based on a true story. The Best Books of Sep 16, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: However, the story made me rather sad. What a sweet story! No trivia or quizzes yet. Both art and text infuse this little-known piece of history with warmth and imagination. Why was I crying my eyes out at the end of this story?