Mrs. Mary Malarky's Seven Cats

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9781854060167: Mrs. Mary Malarky's Seven Cats

Mrs. Malarky, the babysitter, describes her seven cats, how she acquired them, and how they all left her for their own reasons.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-- A warm, cozy story that introduces readers to the Malarky family's cat collection. A preschool-sized boy asks his babysitter, Mrs. Malarky, to tell him about her seven cats and then draws and imagines them before the sitter comes again. However, on the next visit, the woman tells him how all but one found a new place to live, wandered off in the springtime, or were reclaimed by former owners. It "must be sad and quiet" in Mr. and Mrs. Malarky's house now, thinks the boy, but the babysitter has a surprise--a photo of the one remaining cat with her six kittens. Black line drawings lightly filled in with watercolor show these individual cats with humor and affection. Plenty of white spaces give the book the feeling of a story told at peaceful leisure--no hurry, no flurry. Contrasting endpapers neatly offset the book's interior; crammed with russet, brown, ochre, orange, and white cats, they suggest what may happen if "each of those cats had kittens." Owners of cats, stuffed or real, will find quiet satisfaction in these feline and human relationships. --Susan Hepler, Arlington Public Library, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Mrs. Malarky is a babysitter with a difference, a middle-aged Scheherazade whose tales of her seven cats fascinate her young charge. As the dough-faced lady unfolds each animal's case history, the boy indulges in colorful fantasies, creating characters to go with their names and backgrounds. In his mind, cats of every description loll about, drinking and eating from individual plates as Mrs. Malarky toils endlessly at the dishpan in an attempt to keep up. Teasdale's spontaneous, distinctive watercolor depictions of this diverse menagerie include Moses, who came in a basket and still chews on an old garden glove for security; lovely Petal, who was left behind when her family moved away; and a proud jungle cat named Sheba. Hindley's clever narrative provides a surprise ending just when Mrs. Malarky is down to her last cat. Like the boy in the story, readers cannot fail to be drawn into this endlessly entertaining procession of fabulous felines. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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