Purrfectly Purrfect: Life at the Acatemyby Patricia Lauber, Betsy Lewin
As any cat owner knows, cats are born purrfect. But cats are purrfectionists they wish to make sure they are purrfectly purrfect. And that is why they go to the Acatemy, where they learn geography (CATskill Mountains, ConnectiCAT), mewsic (Kitten on the Keys), vocabulary (CATastrophe, CATapult), and, most important, EtiCAT, because knowing how to/b>… See more details below
As any cat owner knows, cats are born purrfect. But cats are purrfectionists they wish to make sure they are purrfectly purrfect. And that is why they go to the Acatemy, where they learn geography (CATskill Mountains, ConnectiCAT), mewsic (Kitten on the Keys), vocabulary (CATastrophe, CATapult), and, most important, EtiCAT, because knowing how to behave purrfectly is important.
All of the students perform purrfectly, except Dudley. He's only a kitten, much too young for the Acatemy. Will he ruin the Acatemy's record for having all purrfect graduates?
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- 8 - 12 Years
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The Acatemy is a school for cats.
Why, you may wonder, would cats go to school? What might the purrpuss be? After all, as any cat owner knows, cats are born purrfect. But cats are also purrfectionists -- they wish to make sure they are purrfectly purrfect. And that is why they go to school, if their human owners send them.
The Acatemy, of course, has a catalog. It tells you that the school was founded by Purrfessor F. Catus of the University of Catifornia. It is the purrfessor's belief that "the proper study of cats is cats." The Acatemy, he says, is his "pet project."
The catalog describes the purriculum -- Cats in History, Cats in Nature, Cats in Geography, and so on. It tells you that the school color is purrple and ... But school is about to begin. It is the first day for the new class, many of whom are already looking forward to becoming graducats next month.
A Problem Arises
The head stands at the door, checking off the students, who are lined up to enter. Two students and a kitten present themselves. The head looks at her list. "Bo. Tiffany, and Dudley," she says. "Where is Dudley? And who is this kitten?"
The kitten says, "It's me. Dudley."
That is a problem. Dudley is far too young for The Acatemy, But he's also too young to be sent home alone without Bo and Tiffany. The head decides that Dudley can spend this one day at school.
Now it is time for assembly. The head welcome the new class, and everyone joins in singing the school song. The melody just might be "O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree," but it's hard totell:
Acatemy, Acatemy, we, sing with deep emotion,
For you do teach us purrfectly,
So we may ever purrfect be.
Acatemy Acatemy, you have our hearts' devotion.
As the students move on to their first class, the head writes a letter for Bo to take home.Purrfectly Purrfect. Copyright � by Patricia Lauber. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Meet the Author
Patricia Lauber is the author of more than sixty-five books for young readers. Many of them are in the field of science, and their range reflects the diversity of her own interests-bats, dolphins, dogs, volcanoes, earthquakes, the ice ages, the Everglades, the planets, earthworms. Two of her books, SEEDS: POP STICK GLIDE and JOURNEY TO THE PLANETS, were nonfiction nominees for The American Book Awards. She was the 1983 winner of The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children's nonfiction literature.
As well as writing books, Ms. Lauber has been editor of Junior Scholastic, editor-in-chief of Science World, and chief editor, science and mathematics, of The New Book of Knowledge
A graduate of Wellesley College, she is married and lives in Connecticut. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, sailing, traveling, cooking, reading, and listening to music.
Betsy Lewin grew up in Clearfield,Pennsylvania. She always loved to draw and can’t remember ever wanting to be anything but an artist. Her mother (a kindergarten teacher) is responsible for her love of children’s books. She read to Betsy and her brother every night: Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Babar, Uncle Remus, and all the fairy-tale books. The illustrators Ernest Shepard and A. B. Frost were among her earliest heroes. Later on, when she started illustrating for children, Betsy realized how strongly she’d been influenced by the gentle watercolors of Beatrix Potter and the energetic line and humor of James Stevenson and Quentin Blake.
After graduating from Pratt Institute, where she studied illustration, Betsy took a job as an assistant art director at a greeting-card company in New York, which led to freelance work for several other card companies. Then she began to write and illustrate stories for children’s magazines. When an editor at Dodd, Mead & Company asked her to expand one of those stories into a picture book, Betsy says, “I jumped at the chance. I’ve been doing picture books ever since and loving every moment.”
Betsy’s art is usually humorous, drawn in pen with watercolor washes, as in Is It Far to Zanzibar? But she also paints in a naturalistic style, as in Walk a Green Path, in which she expresses her love for the natural world through paintings and poetry. Gorilla Walk is her first collaboration with her husband, Ted, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They’ve just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.
When not at work on their books, Ted and Betsy love to travel to exotic places around the world gathering material for new books. At home each of them has a studio in their brownstone house in Brooklyn. Besides the usual clutter of pencils and pens, paint tubes and brushes, drawing paper, and, of course, books, they surround themselves with mementos of their travels: peacock feathers from India, Herero dolls from Botswana, galimoto toys from Namibia and Brazil, brass pots from Egypt, postcards and snapshots.
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