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The Little Cat and the Greedy Old Woman

The Little Cat and the Greedy Old Woman

by Joan Rankin

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unceremoniously dumped out into the rain and denied even a "teeny tiny taste" of the special dinner his mistress has spent all day cooking for herself, a winsome puss takes his revenge when rage swells him to the size of a tiger. Crashing the party of one, he devours the meal and teaches the greedy cook a thing or two about sharing. In the end, post-prandial shrinkage occurs, and woman and cat reach an understanding. Rankin, a South African author making her U.S. debut, moderates her tone between tart and tender; her agreeably quirky sense of humor at times recalls the work of Margaret Mahy. The meltingly soft, slightly blurred watercolors are arrayed in sherbet hues that make the judicious use of stronger colors-the scarlet of the cook's angry cheeks, the vibrant orange stripes of the little cat-all the more effective. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A slight tale of a greedy old lady who prepares a special meal for herself, paying no attention to her orange-striped cat. When the cat can stand it no longer and tries to sneak a tidbit, the woman throws him out into the rain. The creature feels the anger of being shut out rise within him, and wishes he could become as large as his anger. Predictably, he becomes as big as a ``GREAT JUNGLE TIGER,'' enters the house, and frightens his mistress, who has just sat down to her dinner. After consuming all the food, the feline, purring, returns to normal size, and somehow the old woman has learned her lesson and is never selfish again. The ending seems somewhat contrived and begs the question. Colorful, cartoonlike watercolors carry this bizarre story along. Not a first purchase.-Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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1st U.S. ed
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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