Mudcat Café message #61851 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162   Message #61851
Posted By: Bev and Jerry
08-Mar-99 - 01:30 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Senor Don Gato
Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
Betty's right. We have been doing this song in schools for at least 15 years and it's always a hit for grades K through 6. In fact, we learned it from some third graders in San Francisco.

We started doing it in Spanish about three years ago and it is even more popular among Spanish speaking kids than the English version is among English speakers.

It's also correct that cats have seven lives in all Spanish speaking countries and nine lives in the U.S. Just ask any kid who's first language is Spanish.

Finally, it's interesting to note that in the Spanish version, the female cat is described as "una gatita parda", a little dark cat, while in English she is "fluffy, white and nice and fat".