Ginger Finds a Home

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No one captures cats better than Charlotte Voake! In this prequel to GINGER, a forlorn feline is coaxed inside by a little girl - and finds a new life as a beloved pet.

Once there was a little orange cat who was so scrawny that his tail was like a piece of string. He lived in a patch of weeds, and every night he had to scrounge for food to eat - until one day when, suddenly, everything changed. In this tender tale, Charlotte Voake’s delicate, sprightly illustrations offer a ...

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Overview

No one captures cats better than Charlotte Voake! In this prequel to GINGER, a forlorn feline is coaxed inside by a little girl - and finds a new life as a beloved pet.

Once there was a little orange cat who was so scrawny that his tail was like a piece of string. He lived in a patch of weeds, and every night he had to scrounge for food to eat - until one day when, suddenly, everything changed. In this tender tale, Charlotte Voake’s delicate, sprightly illustrations offer a glimpse of the star of GINGER as he first meets the little girl who earns his trust and takes him home.

Once there was a little orange cat who lived in a patch of weeds. In this tender tale, Voake's delicate, sprightly illustrations offer a glimpse of the star of Ginger as he first meets the little girl who earns his trust and takes him home.

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Publishers Weekly
In Ginger Finds a Home by Charlotte Voake, readers learn how the star of Ginger first meets the girl who wins the cat's trust and takes him into her home. Voake's watercolor-and-ink drawings change moods as the sullen orange tabby, scrounging for food in a trash can or sleeping in a patch of weeds, gives in to a cautious optimism when he meets the gentle girl. His body language expresses a tenuous hope as he leans toward her, follows her home and at last allows her to pick him up. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The poor little orange cat who is the focus of the story is dirty and thin; he drinks from puddles and forages in trash cans by day, then sleeps in a patch of weeds. One day, to his pleased surprise, a dish of cat food awaits him there. The next day a little girl appears with another dish. Gradually she calms his fears as she gets to know him. She names him Ginger, and invites him home with her. At first he is so nervous that he flees, and she thinks she has frightened him away. But he returns, to the great satisfaction of them both. The very brief text set in large type is as spare as the sketchy ink and watercolor illustrations. The simple tale needs only the sparest of visuals, and Voake's lively line drawings with hints of color are enough. The naturalistic portraits of the two actors together with the text fill the pages with engaging emotional content along with the sense of the appealing characters. 2003, Candlewick Press,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-The cantankerous, but endearing feline from Ginger (Candlewick, 1997) returns in a prequel that describes how he came to live with his little girl. Leading a hardscrabble life, the scraggly feral cat eats out of trash cans and makes his home in a patch of weeds. One day, after a particularly disheartening foraging expedition, he finds some delicious food near his weed patch. It keeps appearing, and so does a little girl. Eventually, the child takes Ginger home and the initially skittish animal quickly adjusts to his new comforts. The delightful watercolor-and-ink illustrations mimic those of the first book and add tremendously to the humor and affection of the story. The clear, simple text and charming graphics will make this a great addition to cat-themed storytimes.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Large type and scratchy watercolor-and-ink illustrations enliven this story of how Ginger (2000) first arrived on the scene. The premise isn't new, but Ginger the cat's scruffy skittishness is endearing, and spot illustrations bring the poor homeless stray's plight into focus. One day, a dish of cat food appears, Ginger's ears perk up, and he stretches his body toward the dish just the way cats do when they're curious about something. Of course, the dish has been left there by a little girl, who comes day after day and eventually succeeds in befriending Ginger. He's too nervous to stay inside and the little girl's shoulders slump, but readers will suspect a happy ending. The image of the little girl jumping for joy as Ginger tentatively comes back inside is outdone in cheer only by the picture of the former stray sunbathing in the patch of weeds where he used to live. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763619992
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.94 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Voake is a highly acclaimed author and illustrator of books for children, including GINGER, for which she won the 1997 Smarties Book Prize Gold Award. She illustrated ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon and has been short-listed four times for the prestigious Kurt Maschler Award in Britain. Of her inspiration for GINGER FINDS A HOME, she says, "We had a cat who lived at the bottom of our garden, and it was a great moment when he decided to come and live with us."
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