A solemn man who is lonely gets a cat for company, but one thing leads to another and soon he gets a wife as well.
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- A tale about a lonely, solemn widower who finds the coziness he's been wanting. Seeking company, he gets a cat from the cheerful bread woman. He and the cat, Ma Petite, prove to be perfect companions, except that she gets lonely when he leaves the house. Again consulting the bread woman, the man acquires yet another cat, Tashkin, for Ma Petite, but the first cat jealously maintains her place in the household, on the man's lap. When it appears that now Tashkin is lonely, the man seeks out help one last time and comes home with exactly what he needs--the bread woman as his wife and a lap for Tashkin. In the genuine tone of a traditional telling, Hofsepian weaves this quest for domestic happiness. The skillful use of formula and repetition as well as a timeless quality make Why Not? a fitting addition to any collection. Henstra's line-and-watercolor illustrations executed in his signature style augment the story's qualities. Fittingly, cozy is the key word here--everything about the happy couple and their home is appropriately round and comfortable. Young listeners will spontaneously join in on the cheerful refrain, "Why not?" while readers and storytellers of all ages will take to the idea of possibilities accepted and treasures gained. --Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
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Hofsepian's smoothly told first book is about a solemn widower who asks a cheerful bread-peddler to find a cat to keep him company; she gives him one of hers, and when that cat proves to be lonely she gives him her other one. Only then does he realize that he especially likes her company and counsel, so they marry--why not? Henstra's quiet, idiosyncratic illustrations are just right for this sweet story about accepting whatever happiness life chances to offer. Quiet, but there's enough amusing action to hold attention; a story that will appeal beyond the picture book age. (Picture book. 4+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. childrens book. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027439801
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027439801