How to love a cat:
Hold him gently in your lap. But don't panic if he bites—he's only playing. Be careful not to scare him away. Listen for his motor. He's telling you he loves you, too!
After being out of print for many years, the beloved story about a persistent little girl, a capricious cat, and the wild apartment-building chase that ensues is available again. From Joan L. Nodset and Steven Kellogg, the author and illustrator of the original two-color book, comes this enlarged edition, exquisitely reillustrated with full-color mixed-media paintings.
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Joan L. Nodset was inspired to write this story nearly forty years ago after catsitting Ptolemy, a friend's lovably moody feline. Ms. Nodset is also the author of Go Away, Dog and Who Took the Farmer's Hat? and wrote Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale under the name Joan M. Lexau. She lives in Otisville, New York.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2—An affectionate, ginger-haired girl pursues an expressive, ginger-furred cat through the hallways, stairwells, and rooftop of an apartment building. She coaxes the shy feline over to her, only to scare it away by holding it too close. The animal flees, pursued by the dogged child. There is a rapprochement, and then another misunderstanding when the cat gives a playful bite. In the end, both cat and girl let down their guard, and the story ends with them cuddling as the feline purrs ("I hear your motor"). This picture book, originally published in two colors and out of print for many years, has been reissued with Kellogg's full-color, mixed-media illustrations. Color is used quite effectively, foreshadowing the eventual union of the girl and her pet by giving them matching plumage. The settings also echo the emotions of the protagonists, alternating between dark, gloomy hallways and sunny rooftops and porches. The text, which consists exclusively of the child's dialogue, is both fresh and timeless. It accurately captures the nuances of this duo's evolving relationship. It's a quiet book, but the universality of the topic gives it plenty of kid appeal.—Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD
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