A Circle of Cats - Charles de Lint, illustrated by Charles Vess
(c)2003, Publisher: Viking Books, ISBN: 0670036471
From the blurb:
Lillian is an orphan who lives with her Aunt? on a homestead
miles from anyone, surrounded by uncharted forest. (...)
Free-spirited and independent, Lillian is a kindred soul
to the many wild cats who gather round the ancient beech tree.
One day, while she is under the beech, Lillian is bitten by a
poisonous snake. The cats refuse to let her die, and use their
magic to turn her into one of their own. How she becomes a girl
again is a lyrical, original folktale that begs to be read aloud.
Set in the hill Country outside of the author's fictional city
of Newford, A Circle of Cats is the much anticipated first picture
book by longtime friends Charles de Lint and Charles Vess, whose
art is as magical as the story.
From CDL's website:
A Circle of Cats is a hardcover picture book coming from Viking,
cover art by Charles Vess. It tells the story of Aunt Lillian's
adventure with the awful dreadful snake, alluded to in
Seven Wild Sisters?; also collected in Tapping The Dream Tree?