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Silas, the Bookstore Cat
     

Silas, the Bookstore Cat

by Karen Trella Mather, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
 
Cats and bookstores seem to go together naturally. Inspired by the real-life feline resident of a small-town bookstore, this entertaining tale tells how Silas plays an important role in persuading one reluctant youngster that books can indeed be as interesting as soccer!

Warmly colored illustrations add just the right touch of humor to the story. The author is a

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Cats and bookstores seem to go together naturally. Inspired by the real-life feline resident of a small-town bookstore, this entertaining tale tells how Silas plays an important role in persuading one reluctant youngster that books can indeed be as interesting as soccer!

Warmly colored illustrations add just the right touch of humor to the story. The author is a writer, book reviewer, and former fellow bookstore employee with the real Silas.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Peter doesn't want to be in the bookstore. He doesn't read that well, and he really doesn't like books. He'd rather be outside playing soccer. However, the bookstore is just the right place for Silas the cat. When his nap is rudely interrupted and he's chased all over the store by Peter, an energetic seven-year-old, he isn't happy. But he leads Peter to the perfect book! Maybe reading isn't so bad, after all.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Peter doesn't like to read, but his fascination with a bookstore cat leads him to discover a book that interests him. The feline is not overly anthropomorphized in either text or pictures. The author takes only a small literary liberty in presenting the creature's thoughts and feelings, while its duties, e.g., sitting on the newly delivered newspapers or keeping the cellar clean of mice, are ones any cat might enjoy. There is more text than in many picture books, yet it is clearly displayed on a clean white background and is interspersed with full-color pictures that range from full page to small spots. In contrast to Silas, who is portrayed realistically yet simply, the pictures of the human characters are less successful. Their faces are cartoonish with exaggerated expressions. Also, Peter's mother's lecture on learning to read is a little heavy handed. The didactic message may not reform any reluctant readers, but most children will be as interested in Silas as Peter is.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892723522
Publisher:
Down East Books
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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