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Violet Comes to Stay

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by Jan Karon, Emily Arnold McCully, Melanie Cecka
     
 

Violet Comes to Stay is the first in a series of storybooks inspired by Cynthia Coppersmith, Father Tim's wife from Jan Karon's bestselling Mitford Years series. Jan Karon's legions of fans will love this timeless story about the endearing white kitten named Violet, charmingly written by Melanie Cecka and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning

Overview

Violet Comes to Stay is the first in a series of storybooks inspired by Cynthia Coppersmith, Father Tim's wife from Jan Karon's bestselling Mitford Years series. Jan Karon's legions of fans will love this timeless story about the endearing white kitten named Violet, charmingly written by Melanie Cecka and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning artist Emily Arnold McCully. Ms. Karon searched for three years to find a storytelling voice and art style authentic to Cynthia Coppersmith. She was personally involved in every step of the creation of this book.

In Violet Comes to Stay, Violet's search for the perfect home leads her to a plant nursery, a bakery, and finally a bookstore—the one place where the gentle cat isn't expected to be a mouse hunter.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Violet Comes to Stay, with a story by Melanie Cecka, illus. by Emily Arnold McCully, was inspired by bestselling adult author Jan Karon's novels in the Mitford series (see Children's Bookshelf, Sept. 21). That series features a main character named Cynthia Coopersmith, who is an author and illustrator of children's books starring her cat, Violet. Karon handpicked Cecka and McCully to launch this first title in a planned series. Here, the title white kitten wreaks havoc in a nursery and a bakery ("Don't worry," says mother cat, "God has a plan for each of us") before finding the right home. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Labeled as a Cynthia Coppersmith book (the character in Jan Karon's bestselling Mitford novels), this charming story follows the life of Violet the kitten who faces the reality of being adopted by someone who will need her to catch mice. Daisy, Violet's mother, reminds her progeny of the three rules of "mousing": "Prowl silently. Plan your leap carefully. And pounce boldly." Violet first goes to live with the nurseryman, but forgets Rule 1 and makes a mess of the nursery. Violet's second home is with the baker, but when she forgets Rule 2 and knocks flour and bread all over the room, she is once again returned to Daisy. Violet begins to doubt whether she'll ever find a home and an owner who will appreciate her. Then the lady who owns the bookstore drops by and falls in love with Violet's white fur and sweet face. But Violet is tested again when she has to decide if she can really kill the mouse she sees in the bookstore. The moral of the story, which ties back to the quote from Ecclesiastes that begins the book, helps make clear to children that we must value all, look for the best in life, and have faith that things will turn out. The illustrations, in their soft pastels, effectively support the story.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-An offshoot of Karon's adult "Mitford Years" series, this story is written by Cecka in the voice of Cynthia Coppersmith, a character in the series who writes stories about her cat. Violet is the last kitten of the litter, and her mother instructs her (as she has all her babies) to remember the mouse-catching rules: "Prowl silently. Plan your leap carefully. And pounce boldly." When Violet is adopted by a plant nursery owner and then by a bakery chef, she fails each time to remember the rules, causing havoc and resulting in a return to her mother. But the third time, the little white kitten happily discovers what "God has planned" for her. McCully's attractive, clear watercolor illustrations lend just the right small-town atmosphere to the story. A slight but sweet tale in a lovely package.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Three adorable kittens are born in a kitchen pantry. Their mother explains that their game playing is really training to kill mice, which is their job. Violet is the last kitten chosen, first by the plant nurseryman, then the bakery woman. But each time, Violet remembers Mom's mousing rules too late: prowl quietly, plan your leap carefully and pounce boldly. Both times when she's brought back, her mother tells her, "God has a plan for each of us." In her third home, a bookstore with a nice lady named Alice, Violet finally catches a mouse but lets it escape. "Mice are nuisances," comforts Alice, "but they're God's creatures, too. We'll find other ways of keeping them out." McCully's style of quick-sketch lines and realistic scenes are charming and convey the affectionate tone of the text. The title will be puzzling for people unfamiliar with Jan Karon's Mitford Years series: "Cynthia Coppersmith" is a main character in those novels, who writes and illustrates books about her cat, Violet. First of an intended series about Violet that will, no doubt, continue the pious messages. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670060733
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/2006
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"McCully’s style of quick sketch lines and realistic scenes are charming and convey the affectionate tone of the text."—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Jan Karon is the author of three books for children and the bestselling Mitford Years books, including Light from Heaven, the ninth and final book in the series.

Emily Arnold McCully has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Mirette on the High Wire, which she also wrote.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
1937
Place of Birth:
Lenoir, North Carolina
Website:
http://www.mitfordbooks.com

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Violet Comes to Stay 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A cat goes looking for a home and ends up in a bookstore with smart people. A wise choice for a smart cat, and the book makes for good reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking Jan Karon was the author, she only 'presents' the book. Melanie Cecka wrote the story. It was not up to Jan Karon standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a lover of cats, Jan Karon and Mitford, how could I not love this book? It's truly heartwarming especially with it's moral of God's plan for each of us...so very true. I can hardly wait for the next in the series. I miss the Mitford stories but at least I can stay with Violet. Thank you, Jan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The story is a sweet story about how god has a plan for all of us.