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Blue Ethel
     

Blue Ethel

by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
 

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Ethel is old, she is fat, she is black, and she is white. She is also a cat who is very set in her ways...until the day she turns blue! BLUE ETHEL is an adorable story written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, showing readers that being different can be a good thing.
A Margaret Ferguson Book

Overview

Ethel is old, she is fat, she is black, and she is white. She is also a cat who is very set in her ways...until the day she turns blue! BLUE ETHEL is an adorable story written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, showing readers that being different can be a good thing.
A Margaret Ferguson Book

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Highlights the power of friendship . . . Ethel may not win any cat marathons, but she'll win hearts young and old.” —Kirkus Reviews

“There is a gentle humor to Ethel’s story, with a cozy, rhythmic text that moves the readers along in a steady but soft pace. Ethel, with her rotund, scratchily lined figure, lumbers through delicately dappled line and watercolor scenes . . . This is an easy addition to a cat-themed storytime, but be ready to break out the chalk and head outside afterward.” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

School Library Journal
05/01/2017
PreS-Gr 2—Readers learn everything they need to know about this feline on the first spread: "Ethel was old. She was fat. She was black. She was white. And she was very set in her ways." Part of her daily routine involves rolling on the sidewalk, but when one day the sidewalk has been covered in chalk art, Ethel's black-and-white life gets a little more colorful. Ethel is blue—literally and figuratively; her unintentional change makes her too self-conscious to follow her usual habits. She's saved by the appearance of a bright pink neighborhood friend, Fluffy, a perfect companion. Careful readers will spy Fluffy on every page, a true Ethel admirer, stalwart enough to dye herself on purpose. Reinhardt's whimsical pen and watercolor illustrations are well suited to this story of friendship and reliance. The pacing is spot-on; just a sentence or two per page leaves a lot of time for readers to inspect the art, which is full of texture and humorous details. VERDICT A great storytime read-aloud and a super matchup with James Dean and Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Karen Beaumon's I Ain't Gonna Paint No More.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence
Kirkus Reviews
2017-03-06
When you're set in your ways, little changes can really throw you.Ethel the black-and-white cat is old and fat. Each day she sits on the porch and surveys her surroundings, monitoring the weather, chasing a few ants, and rolling on her favorite piece of sidewalk. "It wasn't easy being Ethel, but she was good at it." Then one afternoon, rolling on her sidewalk leaves her covered in blue chalk. The other cats comment on her new look, and that makes Ethel feel blue. She hides inside until she spies Fluffy, who, though usually white, is pink. Fluffy joins Ethel in her daily routines, and this time sidewalk rolling makes them both rainbow-colored. Ethel is still old and fat, but only sometimes white and black; with her young companion, she's happy with that. Reinhardt's tale of routine interrupted is a quiet one that highlights the power of friendship. When the other cats comment on Ethel's new color, none says anything negative, but it makes her self-conscious. The final, wordless illustration of the whole troupe of them covered in rainbow chalk dust and a knowing smile passing between Ethel and Fluffy shows her confidence rebuilt. Watercolor-and-ink illustrations are scratchy and smeary and quite detailed (Fluffy has his eye on Ethel from afar from the start). Ethel's corpulence is exaggerated by comically skinny and stubby legs, but her comfort with herself keeps the depiction from feeling mocking.Ethel may not win any cat marathons, but she'll win hearts young and old. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374303822
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
05/30/2017
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Black Reinhardt grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania and attended Carnegie Mellon University where she received a degree in illustration.She has illustrated several books for children, including Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park, The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford by Suzanne Slade, and Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice B. McGinty. Trading the mountains for the prairie, Jennifer now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. She happily works in a comfortably messy studio in her home, where she lives with her family.