Stanley's Little Sister

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Stanley's home life goes awry when he suddenly finds himself with a new, feline "sister." Making friends with this perplexing creature is not easy. Stanley's big, friendly sniff is met with an abrupt THWACK! from the cat's paw. "ROWP!" yelps Stanley. No fair! Even less fair is the way his people blame him for causing trouble when all he's trying to do is make friends! Is it Stanley's fault the cat doesn't understand dog talk? Given time and a bit of mutual understanding, can peace and purring reign in Stanley's ...
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Overview

Stanley's home life goes awry when he suddenly finds himself with a new, feline "sister." Making friends with this perplexing creature is not easy. Stanley's big, friendly sniff is met with an abrupt THWACK! from the cat's paw. "ROWP!" yelps Stanley. No fair! Even less fair is the way his people blame him for causing trouble when all he's trying to do is make friends! Is it Stanley's fault the cat doesn't understand dog talk? Given time and a bit of mutual understanding, can peace and purring reign in Stanley's house? Young readers familiar with the "dog's eye view" of Stanley and his world will rejoice at the addition of Fluffy the cat.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Stanley, canine hero of other adventures, knows that he is not supposed to chase the new cat in the house. But nobody asked Stanley if he wanted her. He does try a friendly sniff. But that just gets him a hit in the nose. When he tries to explain to her, she puffs up and runs away. And Stanley just cannot help chasing her, which gets him shut in the bathroom. His friends in the dog park are no help either. He cannot seem to do anything right. The cat sits on laps, for example. But when Stanley tries that, they make him get off. And he just cannot stop chasing her. He finally gives up. And that's when the cat comes close and purrs. When Stanley quietly purrs back, all is finally well. Slavin's characters are more warm-hearted than comic. Many details add to the fun. The single, double-page, and vignette acrylic scenes have a pleasant warmth; the characters display dramatic expressions and gestures. The parallel between Stanley's tale and that of the arrival of a new sibling is clear. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Stanley the dog is not at all happy when, without consulting him, his people bring home a cat. In spite of his attempts at friendliness, she whacks him on the nose. And no matter what happens, he always seems to be in trouble. Just as he is about to give up all hope of being her friend, she sidles up to him and goes to sleep. The colorful illustrations and comic expressions on the pets' faces enhance the story, which already contains two of the magic elements when it comes to picture-book popularity—humor and pets. This story would be enjoyable for storytime as a stand-alone, but also would make a nice lead in for discussions about getting along with others.—Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554534876
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 957,603
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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