Cats are loners, and Billi is no exception. He wanders through the ancient Indian countryside among other animals, enjoying a sense of freedom. Holiday season approaches; the Monsoon, when the skies go dark and the rains come, has arrived. At a time when everyone is eager to be home with family and friends, Billi is alone… and lonely. Walking into a village, Billi gazes through windows and sees a cozy fire, a content dog, a happy family with children. Inspired, an untamed soul begins the transformative journey to a new life of warmth and togetherness. With his inimitable storytelling gifts and unparalleled ability to penetrate the feline psyche, Jeffrey Masson captures Billi’s aloofness, mischievousness, and ultimately his new perspective on the deep connection shared by humans and their feline friends.
This is lovely Jewish version of the Cinderella story. Raisel was raised by her grandfather, a poor scholar who studied day and night. When Raisel’s grandfather dies she travels to the nearby city and comes to live in a rabbi’s home. She is belittled by the cook (wicked stepmother) and made to work harder than she ever has in her life. An old beggar woman (fairy godmother) visits her and gives her three wishes. The one caveat is the wishes do not last past midnight. Raisel attends the Purim ball where no one recognizes her. She poses a riddle (lost slipper) to the rabbi’s son, then quickly leaves as it is getting close to midnight. The rabbi’s son eventually finds the woman who shared the riddle and they live happily ever after.