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The School for Cats: A Jenny's Cat Club Book

The School for Cats: A Jenny's Cat Club Book

by Esther Averill
     
 

Jenny Linsky, the famous little black cat of Greenwich Village, has never been to school before. When her master, Captain Tinker, sends her to a boarding school in the country to learn the special knowledge of cats—manners and cooperation—she is a little afraid, among strangers, and so far from home. As soon as she's settled in, taking off the red scarf

Overview

Jenny Linsky, the famous little black cat of Greenwich Village, has never been to school before. When her master, Captain Tinker, sends her to a boarding school in the country to learn the special knowledge of cats—manners and cooperation—she is a little afraid, among strangers, and so far from home. As soon as she's settled in, taking off the red scarf that makes her feel brave, another student named Pickles, the Fire Cat, is upto his usual mischief, chasing smaller cats with his fire truck hook and ladder. When he chases Jenny, she runs away from school terrified.

Jenny soon realizes that the Captain would be disappointed if he found out she had left school. It's then that Jenny decides to stand up to Pickles. She returns to school and when Pickles next tries his tricks, he's surprised at the "new" Jenny. Pickles learns his manners and Jenny learns that not only can school be fun, but the friendships she makes there will last forever.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Deftly handled, nicely proportioned, this story has the sense of reality which is the earmark of good fantasy. Five to eight-year-olds who have their own problems of adjustment in school will rejoice in Jenny's moral triumph. The pictures, drawn with a sophisticated simplicity, are a perfect complement to the text." —The New York Times
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
How to describe the charm of Jenny Linsky to newcomers to the "Cat Club?" In each episode this shy little black cat—distinguished by her red scarf knit by her seafaring master—has a simple adventure, during which she makes new friends and learns something about herself. In this instance, Jenny takes a train from her Greenwich Village home to spend the summer at a cat boarding school. Alas, she's barely released from the confines of her traveling basket before the villain of the piece, Pickles the Fire Engine Cat teases her mercilessly with his hook-and-ladder truck. Jenny takes refuge up the chimney, vowing never to come down. One dilemma leads to another till poor Jenny is quite traumatized. Will she ever get to taste catnip before bedtime with the other boarders? Will she ever sleep in her very own summer scratching post/bedstead? Most importantly, will she ever learn that Pickles only wants to impress her? The New York Review Children's Collection has beautifully reproduced this story, as well as Averill's five other Jenny Linsky books, on acid-free paper, making Averill's words and simply evocative illustrations available to new generations of readers and listeners. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590171738
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
09/09/2005
Series:
New York Review Children's Collection Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
158,505
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Esther Averill (1902-1992) began her career as a storyteller drawing cartoons for her local newspaper. After graduating from Vassar College in 1923, she moved first to New York City and then to Paris, where she founded her own publishing company. The Domino Press introduced American readers to artists from all over the world, including Feodor Rojankovsky, who later won a Caldecott Award. In 1941, Esther Averill returned to the United States and found a job in the New York Public Library while continuing her work as a publisher. She wrote her first book about the red-scarfed, mild-mannered cat Jenny Linsky in 1944, modeling its heroine on her own shy cat. Esther Averill would eventually write twelve more tales about Miss Linsky and her friends (including the I Can Read Book, The Fire Cat), each of which was eagerly awaited by children all over the United States (and their parents, too).

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