Papa Gatto is the result of combining a number of Italian fairytales with a similar element - a talking cat. It is a Cinderella-type story with a bit of Puss in Boots as well. And there's a slightly modern twist at the end, when the young lady declines the Prince's proposal in favor of living with her beloved cats! My own cat Duke was the model for Papa Gatto, along with my daughter Whitney, who posed as the cat's body.
"Sanderson's elegant, richly descriptive language contributes to a smooth retelling, and her lavish oil paintings are as beautifully handled as the narrative." - Booklist
Publisher: Little, Brown, 1995