Abandoned when her family moves away, a thin gray cat persists in remaining near the house which she considers home, and she is eventually rewarded for her faithfulness.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Left behind when their owners flee from a ramshackle rented house, a cat and a dog fend for themselves until Joe Budd, the new owner, comes to see what needs to be done. The dog goes off with Joe; the cat is not about to leave--``Because home was home. And that was that.'' As days and weeks of renovations progress, a neighbor provides food and a small dog house as shelter for the solitary feline. Rather than sell the property, the Budds decide to move in, and only then does the cat make her presence known. Rather dark hued, realistic, and meticulous full- or double-page colored-pencil drawings with inset text create a warm setting for this story of abandonment and compassion. Homebody, as the cat is finally named, is sleek, independent, and characteristically catlike in both textual and visual portrayal. A good choice for reading aloud and discussing the story's message of concern. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
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The Peebles sneak away from their ramshackle house, leaving a pile of trash and abandoning their dog and cat. The dog is relieved to be adopted by the new owner, who is fixing up the house; puss makes herself invisible but stays nearby, knowing that ``Home was home. And that was that.'' A neighbor feeds her; learning of her presence, the man is careful to respect her dignity; when he eventually moves in, she adopts his family. The story is told in a fresh, lucid style that effectively dramatizes the familiar situation; Swanson's soft full-color art, reflecting the shadows and evening light in which the cat conceals herself, extends the quietly poignant tone. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Swanson, Karl (illustrator). First Edition. An abandoned gray cat stays close to home, and later is rewarded by the new home owners. Bookseller Inventory # 2090
Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110399219390
Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0399219390