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Violet Comes to Stay is the first in a series of storybooks inspired by Cynthia Coppersmith, Father Tim's wife from Jan Karon's bestselling Mitford Years series. Jan Karon's legions of fans will love this timeless story about the endearing white kitten named Violet, charmingly written by Melanie Cecka and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning artist Emily Arnold McCully. Ms. Karon searched for three years to find a storytelling voice and art style authentic to Cynthia Coppersmith. She was personally involved in every step of the creation of this book.
In Violet Comes to Stay, Violet's search for the perfect home leads her to a plant nursery, a bakery, and finally a bookstore—the one place where the gentle cat isn't expected to be a mouse hunter.
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Jan Karon is the author of three books for children and the bestselling Mitford Years books, including Light from Heaven, the ninth and final book in the series.
Emily Arnold McCully has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Mirette on the High Wire, which she also wrote.
The jacket reads "Jan Karon, the author of the beloved Mitford series, presents Cynthia Coppersmith's Violet Comes to Stay, story by Melanie Cecka." Parsing that out for the uninitiated, Karon writes a popular, well-reviewed Christian fiction series for adults that takes place in Mitford, North Carolina. One of the main characters is Cynthia Coppersmith, who marries Father Tim Kavanaugh and (more to the point) writes children's books about her cat, Violet. This picture book features Violet as a kitten living with her mother and trying to become a good mouser like her brother and sister. Tried and rejected by two merchants needing cats to keep the mice at bay, Violet finds a home at Alice's bookstore. When she catches a mouse but can't bear to kill it, Alice praises her, saying "they're God's creatures, too." The ink-and-watercolor illustrations create visually appealing settings and characters for the well-constructed story. The book is bound to please tenderhearted children and Karon's many adult fans, who will want to introduce Violet to the young people in their lives. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0670060739
Book Description Viking Juvenile, 2006. Condition: New. Emily Arnold McCully (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0670060739
Book Description Viking Juvenile, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110670060739