Mrs. Katz and Tush

Mrs. Katz and Tush

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by Patricia Polacco
     
 

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In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, a young African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures. See more details below

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In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, a young African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Zesty art and sensitive storytelling light up these two books, the first about an elderly Jewish widow and her young African American neighbor, the second set in Amish country. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Miriam Chernick
This heartwarming story begins when Larnel, an African American boy, gives a kitten to his lonely neighbor, Mrs. Katz. During Lionel's daily visits, while snacking on kugel (noodle pudding), he learns about Mrs. Katz's early life in Poland, about her late husband Myron, and about her life as a Jewish immigrant to the U.S. Over time, Lionel and Mrs. Katz form a close bond. They lose (then find) Tush and they visit Myron's grave. Then Mrs. Katz hosts Lionel for a traditional Passover seder, where she draws similarities between the experiences of Jews and African Americans. This unusual friendship carries into the next generation as we see, on the last page, a grown-up Lionel with his baby, visiting Mrs. Katz while Tush's descendant watches. In this book, Polacco deftly explores complicated themes through characters that both children and adults can relate to. Her illustrations are beautifully rendered in charcoal and watercolors. Reviewer: Miriam Chernick
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—In Patricia Polacco's heartwarming story (Doubleday, 1992), Larnel, a young African-American boy, gives his elderly, newly widowed Jewish neighbor a cat. Soon he is an important part of her life, learning about her heritage and how often it mirrors that of his own ancestors. When the cat, Tush, disappears, it becomes a neighborhood effort to find her. This is a gentle, warm story of a friendship that grows through time. Its underlying message of cherishing both the past and the present is subtly woven into a many-textured tale in which both parties learn important lessons about caring. Polacco reads her story with warmth and just the right accents. Original music by Bruce Zimmerman heightens the emotional impact of the evocative text. Sound quality is excellent, and page-turn signals are optional. An excellent multicultural tale about an intergenerational relationship.—Teresa Bateman. Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
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"Polacco's bright double-spread watercolor paintings are exuberant...an elemental picture of human family."—Booklist.

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ISBN-13:
9780440900658
Publisher:
Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/28/1993

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