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Ginger
     

Ginger

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by Charlotte Voake
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this affectionate account of pet rivalry, Ginger the tabby adjusts to a newcomer-a charcoal-gray kitten. The mood is tranquil at first, as Ginger catnaps in his beloved basket. Harmony turns to high dudgeon when Ginger is confronted with the new arrival, and after the kitten crawls into his basket, Ginger runs away and must be dragged back. Only when the girl provides the kitten with a bed, "a little tiny cardboard box," does Ginger learn to share. Both cats abandon the basket to squeeze into the box, "because cats love cardboard boxes (however small they are)." Voake (Mr. Davies and the Baby; Over the Moon) narrates the tale with an appealing frankness that matches her folksy pen-and-ink illustrations and earthy watercolor palette. Ginger's body language conveys his older-cat's disdain for the kitten, while the kitten's alert eyes and outstretched paws show its playful spirit. Voake draws the cats nearly life-size on the wide pages, and fills the cream-colored negative space with oversize type (ideal for group readings). Well-observed in its appreciation of feline idiosyncrasies, this is also a sound choice for children dealing with not-so-idiosyncratic reactions to the arrival of a newborn. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
Any cat lover would chuckle appreciatively—and knowingly—over this charming picture book. Ginger the cat's fine home and self esteem are put to the test when a kitten is introduced into his kingdom. Like any sibling rivalry, feelings are hurt and boundaries tested before peace and love are restored to the status quo. Voake's soft and expressive watercolor and line drawings work well within the design of negative space and simple text. Now available in a board book format for little hands. 2001 (orig. 1997), Candlewick, $6.99. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Any cat lover would chuckle appreciatively-and knowingly-over this charming picture book. Ginger the cat's fine home and self esteem are put to the test when a kitten is introduced into his kingdom. Like any sibling rivalry, feelings are hurt and boundaries tested before peace and love are restored to the status quo. Voake's soft and expressive watercolor and line drawings work well within the design of negative space and simple text.
School Library Journal
PreS-KAnyone who has ever tried to introduce a kitten into an established cat household will appreciate this tale. Ginger is content with his comfortable basket and delicious meals made by his young owneruntil a kitten arrives. Although the girl hopes they will be friends, Ginger is so unhappy with the invasion of a cavorting kitten that he decides to leave home for the rainy garden. A minimum of background detail allows the art to focus on the relationships, and the expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations successfully capture both the body language of Ginger's outraged emotions and the mischievous antics of the outsider. The oversized type is well placed for dramatic effect and the resolution befits the perverse nature of cats. The theme of having one's perfect world disrupted by a newcomer has numerous picture-book variations; nevertheless, this latest offering has enough charm to make it a worthwhile purchase.Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A flawless tale of two cats, well-suited to story hours, to be read and reread.

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 Ginger—for all his unsocial tendencies—cannot 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763607883
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.69(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Ginger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HollyCT More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute story. Shows feelings of jealousy and then getting along with others.