Mrs. Katz And Tush (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Larnel doesn't know his neighbor, Mrs. Katz, very well, until he asks her to adopt an abandoned kitten. Mrs. Katz agrees on one condition: that Larnel help her take care of the kitten she names Tush. When Larnel starts spending more and more time with Mrs. Katz to help with Tush, Mrs. Katz tells him stories about coming to America from Poland and about the good times she spent with her late husband. As Larnel grows to love Mrs. Katz, he also ...

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Overview

Larnel doesn't know his neighbor, Mrs. Katz, very well, until he asks her to adopt an abandoned kitten. Mrs. Katz agrees on one condition: that Larnel help her take care of the kitten she names Tush. When Larnel starts spending more and more time with Mrs. Katz to help with Tush, Mrs. Katz tells him stories about coming to America from Poland and about the good times she spent with her late husband. As Larnel grows to love Mrs. Katz, he also learns about the suffering and triumph black history shares with the Jewish heritage.

Patricia Pollaco has illustrated, as well as authored, countless picture books. She lives in Union City, Michigan.

A long-lasting friendship develops between Larnel, a young African-American, and Mrs. Katz, a lonely Jewish widow, when Larnel presents Mrs. Katz with a scrawny kitten without a tail.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785776741
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Bks.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 29
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Real

    As my son and I read this story we learn some of the realities of life.We saw that young people can help elderly people and make a difference. We also saw how people can be good and kind despite what their age and circumstances, go beyond them selves for the sake of others. The author of this book did a good job bringing this ideas out for the readers to see and understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    This taught the most sweet moral lesson ever. MUST HAVE and MUST READ. Great book for all kids, adults alike. Patricia Pollaco is a master. READ it and you will see why! A+++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    Awesome book to read.

    If you like cats then you will like this story. This story is about a woman who came from Poland who was very lonely and who didn¿t have anybody to talk to. Every day an African American woman came to Mrs. Katz¿s house to see how she was doing. Sometimes her son Larnel comes with her but never talks. One day, Larnel told Mrs. Katz that he would come over ever day after school to help her. When Larnel¿s cat had kittens Larnel brought a cat to Mrs. Katz to see if she¿d take it so she won¿t be as lonely. Mrs. Katz asked what¿s wrong with it and Larnel said that it had no tail and it was ugly, so Mrs. Katz took the cat. So, Mrs. Katz was not as lonely as she was before.

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