A Country Tale

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9780027867800: A Country Tale

An ill-fated visit to the city home of the elegant Mrs. Snickers teaches an impressionable country cat a little about herself and friendship.

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Grade 2-4 Cleo and Lucy, two country kittens, are the best of friends. Then their relationship is seriously threatened by their opposing reactions to a high society dame, Mrs. Snickers. Level-headed Cleo is unimpressed, but Lucy's adulation borders on maniacal. Shunning Cleo, she emulates her ritzy new friend. The situation continues to escalate until Lucy attends a big city tea party, where she is promptly snubbed and later bored. After various emotional calamities and a case of mistaken self-identity, she returns to Cleo for much-needed and freely given reassurance. The writing is uninspired, the friendship theme offers little in the way of fresh insight and choppy dialogue intrudes frequently. Athough the story is flawed, the book is not without merit. Stanley is a gifted illustrator, and her muted pastels and a sure hand at satire make for a visual extravaganza. Each of the illustrations that accompany the text creates an anthropomorphic mirror of 18th-Century society that bears up to grueling scrutiny. Cat lovers and art connoisseurs will be delighted with this effort, but discriminating readers will be better served elsewhere. Xenda Casavant, Worcester Pub . Lib . , Mass.
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From Publishers Weekly:

An amazing accomplishment, Stanley's new book excels her admired Conversation Club, Birdsong Lullaby et al., in idea and execution. Dear friends Cleo and Lucy, country cats, grow apart when a hoity-toity summer visitor moves into Butternut mansion. She's Mrs. Snickers, who snubs Lucy but invites awed Cleo to tea. Cleo borrows the snob's manner and walks all the way to visit the high-society type when she returns to town. At the Snickers's soiree, the guests sneer at the farm feline and she starts back dejectedly for home. Afflicted by more ill fortune, Cleo is relieved (and lucky) to be found and cared for by faithful Lucy. The paintings portray the pastoral and city scenes and the cats in creamy, ingeniously detailed, soft colors. The most eye-catching pictures focus on the charming Victorian garb that establishes the setting.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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