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Murphy and Kate

Howard, Ellen

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ISBN 10: 0671797751 / ISBN 13: 9780671797751
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0671797751 Signed on title page by author. Dust jacket shows some very light edgewear, is otherwise clean and bright. The boards are clean and straight, with light bumping to the corners and the top and bottom of spine. The spine is solid and firm. Interior text block is straight and firmly attached to the spine, and free of markings. First Edition. Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Size: 4to - over 9 3/4 in - 12 in tall. Year: 1995. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-077116

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Title: Murphy and Kate

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A touching and sensitive look at coping with grief and loss tells of Kate and her beloved dog Murphy, who grow up together, and poignantly evokes Kate's sadness at Murphy's death, reminding youngsters how life continues.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4?This touching story chronicles the 14 years Kate shared with her dog, Murphy. Friends since infancy, the two ate together, played together, slept together. Kate even teaches Murphy to walk standing up, "one step at a time." As she gets older, school and friends begin to take up much of her time, but her faithful pet is always waiting when she returns home. But one day he is not waiting for her, and when she finally notices his absence late in the evening, she runs out to his favorite place in the yard and finds him moments before he dies. Although at first she believes life cannot go on, Kate resumes her normal activities. The ache of loss eases, but she does not forget Murphy, for it is remembering him that brings her joy. The lengthy text is lovely in its paralleling of the two lives, culminating in the final parallel in which Kate heals "one step at a time." Graham's soft paintings in muted tones match the gentle text perfectly. Small scenes, two to a page, depict baby Kate and the puppy learning together. Larger scenes show an older Kate and dog, while the largest paintings portray her as a teen. There is a progression from the unhappy girl shown against a somber blue background on the first page to the fond remembrance of an alert, mischievous Murphy against a white background at the end. A comforting story for children experiencing a similar loss.?Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
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