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My Cat, Coon Cat

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When a young girl moves into a new home, she slowly wins the affection of a shy Maine coon cat. Beautiful illustrations by Jeannie Brett enhance the gentle rhyming verses by Sandy Ferguson Fuller, creating a delightful book for children, cat lovers, and anyone who has felt the warmth of making a new friend.
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When a young girl moves into a new home, she slowly wins the affection of a shy Maine coon cat. Beautiful illustrations by Jeannie Brett enhance the gentle rhyming verses by Sandy Ferguson Fuller, creating a delightful book for children, cat lovers, and anyone who has felt the warmth of making a new friend.
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Children love books, animals, and bright colors--this book combines them all in a perfectly sweet, artistic way. Over the course of a single day, a blonde-haired little girl makes a new friend by reaching out, tenderly wooing, and patiently awaiting the love of a cat that showed up on her doorstep that morning. She eventually wins the heart and trust of this shy, fluffy coon cat. From climbing a tree and napping in the sunshine, to exploring the neighborhood and chasing a dragonfly, to watching the full moon and cuddling with the little girl and her own kitten, this timid Maine coon cat is welcomed into a new home after he welcomed them to their new home.

Both the author and illustrator have homes, and further ties, in Maine. Their love of this place is obvious through their words and work. The Maine coon cat, which I had never heard of before reading this book, is thought to be native to Maine, is the State Cat of Maine, and is now making a presence here in children's literature. Available for a reasonable price--$18 or less--this book is a great addition to any home (or other) library. The book is full of delightfully detailed watercolors that are painted with a bright, eye-catching color palette. The beautifully captured nature scenes (birch trees, bright purple flowers, tree blossoms) and the lovely depictions of inside a home (rugs, toys, wallpaper) are engaging and invite the readers to linger over each page.
My Cat, Coon Cat is a large book with a hard cover and easy-to-read print. The rhyming text could be read by an early-reader or read aloud by a seasoned reader to anyone of any age. The simple, lyrical verse that flows from page to page will make you smile. It is an easy-to-follow, heartwarming storyline that will win the hearts of parents and children alike.

Product review by Melissa Cummings

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC
June 2011

As a girl greets a stray Maine coon cat she finds on her front porch, she poses questions to the cat, while gradually working to befriend it ("Hi cat, coon cat,/ Heard you at the door.../ Brought a mouse to our new house?/ Did you live here before?"). In singsong verse, the girl wonders if the cat needs a home, if it's wild or tame, and if it's hungry. After the coon cat naps in the sun, is chased by a dog, and interacts with the girl's small kitten, she brings it inside. As it curls up at bedtime with her and the kitten, she gushes a final welcome: "Tiger Cat, how is that?/ Now you have a name!/ I've never had a friend like you./ I'm so glad you came!" Fuller's (Moon Loon) sleepy narrative is enlivened a bit by Brett's (L Is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet) large-scale art, which showcases the Maine spring in full bloom and offers close-up images of cats that feline lovers will savor. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

Publishers Weekly Review: September 16, 2011 

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A girl befriends a Maine coon that seems to have set its sights on her. Like the history of the breed itself, this cat's background is mysterious. Is he a stray or a former occupant of the child's new house? Will he stay? The progression of the relationship is told in rhyming text that leaves little doubt that the cat is moving in, despite the girl's continued questions. The illustrations are full of color and character, capturing with equal charm the bucolic background and the winsome feline. An author's note provides some detail about the breed and its connection to New England, reinforcing what the text and illustrations have already made clear—these are delightful cats that make great companions. The intimate nature of the quiet communication between the girl and the feline lends itself best to sharing one-on-one, although the spreads would show up well in a group setting. Any reader who has ever known the love of a cat will find much to relate to in this cozy book.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934031322
  • Publisher: Islandport Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 810,864
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Ferguson Fuller has lived her entire professional life in the world of children's books, originally inspired as a student of Maurice Sendak at Yale University. An accomplished writer and illustrator, her titles include Moon Loon, Out in the Night, and Hannah and the Perfect Picture Pony. She is also the co-author of the series, The BLUES Go Birding, the first of which, The BLUES Go Birding Across America, was released in 2010 by California-based Dawn Publications.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    My toddler LOVES this book

    We borrow a lot of books from the library and only buy a few of the most popular, including My Cat, Coon Cat. My toddler loves this book and knows most of the words already. His speech therapist also loves it because we have been working on the "K" sound and this book reapeats some version of "My Cat, Coon Cat" on every page. The pictures are wonderful too!

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