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Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat, The

Segal, Lore

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ISBN 10: 0689873271 / ISBN 13: 9780689873270
Published by Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books May 17, 2005, New York, 2005
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her ...

Publisher: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books May 17, 2005, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Mrs. Lovewright was a chilly person. When it got night outside, she closed her door and made herself a fire; then she took off her shoes and put her feet up on the stool, and that's when Mrs. Lovewright knew that there was something and she didn't have it. "There's no being cozy without a cat," she said.
So here -- back in print -- is the story of Mrs. Lovewright and that cat, who would not and would not be cozy, from acclaimed author Lore Segal and Caldecott-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky.

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PreSchool-Grade 2 Spindly, pinched-faced Mrs. Lovewright is a "chilly person." She is also a rather lonely one, and so she decides to get a cat. Her desire for companionship heralds her doom. When Purrless (originally named Purrly) arrives via the delivery boy, he is little and cute, but he steadfastly refuses to purr or even sit upon Mrs. Lovewright's lap. What ensues is a grueling and prolonged battle of wits. As Purrless grows from a small kitten to an enormous cat, children see Mrs. Lovewright scratched, beaten, tumbled out of bed and bombed with a variety of common household objects. Neither character ever grasps the importance of compromise or mutual respect. In the end they are pictured in a tenuous truce with Mrs. Lovewright still lamenting her pet's lack of coziness and Purrless' twitching tail foreshadowing the possibility of future attacks. Although Segal should be commended for her attempt to demonstrate poorly motivated pet ownership and its potential for dire consequences, this story's execution is marred by excessive and inappropriate violence. Jarring transitions further detract from the text and add annoyance. The strongest point is Zelinsky's illustrations, which are both witty and satirical. Each of the characters gains clarity and personality under his sure hand. Textures and subtle colors blend well to portray this quiet home turned battleground. Unfortunately, they do not salvage this unpleasant story of on-going strife. Xenda Casavant, Worcester Public Library, Mass.
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