Gingerby Charlotte Voake
Ginger the cat lives a comfortable, well-tended life. But when a pesky kitten moves in, Ginger's days of ease are over. Now it seems he must share his bed and his meals with the intruder forever! What is a pampered cat to do? The award-winning Charlotte Voake knows all about cats and their peculiar/b>
A perfect tale for cat lovers—and for younger siblings.
Ginger the cat lives a comfortable, well-tended life. But when a pesky kitten moves in, Ginger's days of ease are over. Now it seems he must share his bed and his meals with the intruder forever! What is a pampered cat to do? The award-winning Charlotte Voake knows all about cats and their peculiar ways, as every reader of this dear and funny tale will soon find out.
Ginger is introduced as the most contented of pets, his owner making him "delicious meals" and his days spent in the splendor of his beautiful basket. Then: "What's this? A kitten!" The girl who owns Ginger has procured a "new friend" for him. Ginger's eyes widen at the little rat-tailed creature that invades his life, all pointy edges and awkward energy. When the kitten climbs into Ginger's beloved basket, the illustration shows how the older cat draws back, ears down and subdued horror in his expression. Voake (Mr. Davies and the Baby, 1996, etc.) seems to sketch out each scene with glee, and the large pages exaggerate the comic effects. Ginger runs away, and the girl goes in search of him; she brings him in from the cold and the rain, accepts that the two cats won't be friends, and treats Ginger with tenderness. A well-timed surprise finds the cats cozy at last, because Gingerfor all his unsocial tendenciescannot resist the cardboard box into which the kitten is placed. This is a simple tale, paced to perfection, while its parallels to the arrival of a new baby in a household give it a practical dimension.
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This book captures the older cat/new kitten dynamic with humor and spot-on illustrations. You can feel Ginger's affront as a perky kitten invades her home and "the little girl didn't do anything about it". There isn't a word out of place in this story, making it a joy to read aloud. A must for cat lovers, this comforting story also has appeal to families with new siblings or for classrooms in the beginning of the year when new friendships are being made.
Very cute story. Shows feelings of jealousy and then getting along with others.