Violet Goes to the Country (Mitford for Children)

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When Violet the cat accompanies her owner, Alice, to the country, she keeps getting in the way of Alice's uncle, who is "not much of a cat person," in this heartwarming second installment in a series of bestselling Mitford Storybooks.

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Jan Karon is the author of the best-selling Mitford Years books. The first book in her new series, Home to Holly Springs, is now available from Viking Adult.

Melanie Cecka lives in New York City.

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.

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Jan Karon's Mitford Years, a Christian fiction series for adults, features character Cynthia Coppersmith, who writes children's books about a bookseller named Alice and her cat Violet. That explains the confusing abundance of author names on the jacket: "Jan Karon Presents Cynthia Coppersmith's Violet Goes to the Country . . . story by Melanie Cecka." The second offering in the picture-book series, this story concerns Violet's first trip to a farm, where Alice visits Aunt Lydia and grumpy Uncle Leo. Running from a squawking chicken, Violet trips Uncle Leo, who spills a stack of paint cans. The next day, as he milks a cow, it moos and startles Violet, who knocks over the pail. Later, after Uncle Leo helps the frightened cat down from a high tree branch, he begins to warm up to Violet. Although the ending is predictable and the text is a bit long for many preschoolers, the writing sympathetically portrays the cat's rather childlike feelings, and McCully's ink and watercolor illustrations add immensely to the book's appeal. Phelan, Carolyn

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