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The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat

Segal, Lore Groszmann; Segal, Lore

ISBN 10: 039486817X / ISBN 13: 9780394868172
Published by Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.: Alfred a Knopf Inc, 1985
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Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky & signed by him on title page around picture "For Laetitia Lavie with purrs, Paul O. Zelinsky." lst edition very clean and tight. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-841423030

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Title: The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless ...

Publisher: Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.: Alfred a Knopf Inc

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Mrs. Lovewright believes a cat will make her home cozy, until she tries to make her new kitten purr and is met not only with his devotion, but with his paws, teeth and claws

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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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