Fog Cat

Fog Cat

by Paul Mombourquette, Marilyn Helmer

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A picture book for children

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-When Hannah comes to live with her grandfather in a coastal fishing village, an encounter with a green-eyed cat and the fog-the two are inexorably linked-arouses in her a desire to tame the animal. Grandfather suggests that this wild creature can't be caught "...any easier than you could catch a handful of fog," but Hannah persists with food scraps and patience. Her efforts are rewarded as the feline takes up residence with the pair for the winter and surprises them with a litter of three kittens. Helmer's touches of realism are nicely balanced with sentiment so that the story is believable, satisfying, and tender, without being cloying. Two of the kittens die and Fog Cat vanishes when the survivor is strong enough, yet Hannah has what she yearned for. Mombourquette's pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations are as effective in creating the green/gray mist as they are in depicting the understated bonds between adult and child, humans and animals. The artist is particularly adept at bringing quiet scenes to life through animated faces. The lyrical prose and the emotional impact make this title suitable for one-on-one sharing. A story of a fleeting, but nonetheless life-changing friendship, in the fine tradition of Patricia Polacco's Rechenka's Eggs (Philomel, 1988).-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An evocative tale about a cat that appears and vanishes into the seaside fog, depending on the season. Every day when Hannah accompanies her grandfather to the seaside, she tries to tame the wild gray kitty they see, which she calls Fog Cat. Gradually she draws the feral cat closer, and with tidbits of fish and the lure of a warm hearth, she wins its trust. All through the winter, Fog Cat is Hannah's pet, but come spring it disappears again, leaving behind a kitten for Hannah to raise. Helmer's story is moving, but never cloying; the watercolor greens and blues of Mombourquette's palette wash the beaches with mist. (Picture book. 5-8) .

Product Details

Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Mombourquette is an award-winning children's book illustrator. He has illustrated several books including Fog Cat, Emma and the Silk Train, and Klondike Cat. Paul is a computer animator and works for Disney Interactive Studio. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marilyn Helmer is the author of many books for children, including One Splendid Tree and Funtime Riddles. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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