Mrs. Crump's Cat

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From Linda Smith and David Roberts comes a funny, heartwarming tale about the wonderful things that can happen when you open your door to friendship.

Cranky Mrs. Crump has no use for cats, but when she finds a stray shivering on her doorstep her life is subtly--and pleasantly--transformed.

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Overview

From Linda Smith and David Roberts comes a funny, heartwarming tale about the wonderful things that can happen when you open your door to friendship.

Cranky Mrs. Crump has no use for cats, but when she finds a stray shivering on her doorstep her life is subtly--and pleasantly--transformed.

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Children's Literature
Mrs. Crump, having "no use for a cat," tries to shoo away the golden cat on her doorstep in the rain, but the cat slips in to dry by the fire. Mrs. Crump thinks she will send it away, but it curls around her ankles as cats do. When offered some bread, it confirms her suspicion that cats are finicky. To her surprise, she finds herself buying cream and even a pet dish at the grocery. Warned by the grocer that if she feeds it she will never get rid of it, she finds that she simply cannot put it outside that night. And so, day by day, Mrs. Crump finds herself less grumpy, and also less able to shut the cat out. Finally, with the cat settled in her lap, she realizes that she cannot imagine living without it. The opening double-page illustration before the text shows a detailed street of houses, with the cat (introduced on the jacket) climbing the steps of one. As the story begins, prim Mrs. Crump confronts it. On the pages that follow, we watch the evolution of the bonding process any cat lover will recognize. Roberts depicts a clean-cut suburban world, interiors, and grocery, in a variety of vignettes and single and double-page illustrations. Not every hair or wrinkle is shown, but we can clearly interpret the sly cat's thoughts as we watch the transformation of Mrs. Crump from sour-faced skeptic to contented lap. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-When Mrs. Crump finds a cat on her porch step, she is determined to get rid of it. However, when she rushes out in the rain to buy a pint of cream, she ends up with a "shiny red pet dish" and a "dainty yellow collar with a silver bell." As the woman continually makes excuses for not putting the animal out, expressive language implies the underlying loneliness and hope for companionship she feels. "It would be foolish to turn out a dry cat only to have a wet one on the porch step again-it seemed such a shame to waste a half pint of cream-." But the most telling sign that she really wants him to stay is when she describes him as a "finicky troublesome WET yellow cat with FLEAS" on the "Found" flyer that she hangs. A mix of traditional and art-deco-style artwork and furnishings draws readers in to peruse each page and to marvel at the insides of the classic old-fashioned grocery store. This evenly paced story is great for a read-aloud and discussion and units on descriptive writing.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Who doesn't know someone who adamantly vows never to let a stray cat in the house? Meet Mrs. Crump, who "opened her front door one rainy day to fetch the paper and discovered an exquisite golden cat shivering on her porch step." The cat won't shoo, slips inside the door and polishes itself in front of the fire. As the cat ingratiates itself paw by paw, Mrs. Crump comes up with one reason after another why not to give the cat the boot, buying cream at the grocer's, bathing it for fleas, buying a collar, etc. Her last resort is a sign in Mr. Henry's store window: "Found. One sneaky, finicky, troublesome, wet yellow cat with fleas." Surprise-no one claims it and you can guess what happens next. Subtle illustrations with a British accent (seamed stocking, spectator shoes) humorously underplay the tale. Kids will see what's coming and giggle as the cat pussyfoots its way into Mrs. Crump's home and heart. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060283025
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Smith is the author of When Moon Fell Down, Mrs. Biddlebox, There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Boot, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book Mrs. Crump's Cat. Linda lived a full life in a short period of time. On June 28, 2000, she passed away after a two-year battle with breast cancer, but she left behind a world of language, love, and good humor that shines through in her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2009

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    Delightful!

    Kids will love this book! Cat lovers, and even those awful people who don't like cats, will love this book.

    Mrs. Crump finds a stray cat on her front porch and she has absolutely no plans to keep this finicky, wet, troublsome, yellow cat and yet page by page as the story unfolds she falls in love with this beautiful yellow cat. The story telling is top notch and the illustrations are unique, but well done. Read and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Irresistible!

    Lonely Mrs. Crump DOES NOT want a cat. Especially not a sneaky, flea-bitten one like her visitor. Although what happens is no surprise, that doesn't lessen the heart-tugging impact of the story. The tale's delightful warmth and humor are well-met with the charming illustrations. I absolutely love this book, and my children adore it equally: 'Read it again!'

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