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Jenny Goes to Sea Hardcover – June 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection; First Thus edition (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590171551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590171554
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We never can get enough of Jenny, one of our favorite literary cats. She has style, verve, and the gentlest way of having a good time.  We welcome heartily the account of her trip around the world." —New York Herald Tribune

"Part of what makes Jenny so appealing is that her emotional trials and triumphs mirror those of the preschool and school-age set as they work to behave, to make and keep friends, or to adjust to the arrival of a new sibling....The other part is that although the cats are in many ways anthropomorphized, Averill's details are careful and concrete. For example, the cats talk among themselves and can ice skate and dance and drive, but they must communicate with humans like any ordinary cat, by rubbing against their legs or looking beseechingly into their eyes." —Orlando Sentinel

About 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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Jenny Goes to Sea was my first Esther Averill book.
Peggy Sue
The balance of Esther Averill's work as well as other publications by the New York Review Children's Collection are also worth looking into.
C. Wagner
I'm not sure if I would refer to her illustrations as "art," nor to Ms. Averill as an artist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Wagner on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Copyright 1957. Jenny Linsky goes to sea at a time that was sweller than now, presuming you were a well-birthed white male or knew your place. Jenny knew her place. She has a member of the civilized Cat Club and no stanger to adventure. Look out for mysterious predictions, an epic poem, and the brave deed! Life was simpler then, and, frankly, I occasionally enjoy being spared the social redeeming values of more modern fiction. Pickles the fire cat even makes a cameo appearance. Averill's simple illustrations and charts nicely augment the short novel. A good read. The balance of Esther Averill's work as well as other publications by the New York Review Children's Collection are also worth looking into. Don't miss The Fire Cat. Enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2005
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I read Jenny and the Cat Club as a child, but never found any of the other Jenny books until now. This book did not disappoint! If you are a Jenny fan, this is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherman Yellen on September 23, 2009
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I came upon the Jenny Linsky books by chance looking for some read aloud books for my three year old grand-daughter. We were both captured by the character of Jenny, the shy but intrepid little cat with the red scarf who joins a community of cats when she is not sharing her life with the Captain, her kind owner. There are old fashioned life lessons to be learned from all these books by Esther Averill, but presented without moralizing, with charm and humor and a sense of life's joyful possibilities. We now have the entire series save one which is out of print, and my grand-daughter, now four, has never tired of the stories of Jenny and her friends, each of whom is defined by some wonderful characteristic. It is clear she identifies with Jenny Linsky (what a terrific name for a cat) and that the books won't wear out their welcome for years - since she will someday read them on her own. These are modest but endearing classics, and the naive drawings that accompany the text are perfect. We are in the middle of Jenny Goes to Sea, the last book I purchased and it does not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. VanLooy on February 19, 2010
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I remember finding this in the children's department of my local library when I was young. I loved it then, and was thrilled to see it had been reprinted so I could share it with my own cat-loving children.

The illustrations are simple, the plot is basic, but all the kids I've shared this with have loved the story of Jenny and her brothers and their trip around the world. I will say that changes in the world since the book was written sometimes needed a bit of explanation, but the story has aged remarkably well. It went over much better than the mass-produced, written-by-committee stuff they find when they visit the bookstore nowadays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuzieQ on March 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After reading Esther Averill's The Fire Cat and Jenny and the Cat Club, my daughter has become an avid fan. She giggles at the tales of Jenny's adventures with her brothers and the other cat club friends. These are timeless tales which are perfect for early readers because the stories have enough depth to keep children interested but are simply told making them ideal for those starting to read on their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Seel on December 9, 2012
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Both of my children, age 10, love the Jenny Linsky stories and this one is especially charming. Jenny and her brothers adventure to sea with their master, the captain, and meet interesting international cats along the way. Pickles, the fire cat, may be carrying a torch for Jenny, so enjoy the romance.
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I think Esther Averill's work takes me back to a more innocent age. As cliché as that sounds, it is true. Also, her books flawlessly combine two of my true loves: children's literature and cats!
I'm not sure if I would refer to her illustrations as "art," nor to Ms. Averill as an artist. Her pictures are simple, two tone sketches, black lines and hatchings off set with an occasional splash of red. They are, however, somehow perfect and always endearing. There is nothing harmful and so much beautiful in the Cat Club books about shy Jenny Linsky and her friends, and still the little black cat with the soft red scarf travels the world and has great adventures.
The use of words is perfect, and I think that Jenny Goes to Sea is the perfect read-aloud step between Winnie the Pooh and My Father's Dragon. If you start a child with shy but brave and honest heroes like Jenny, you can spark their sense of adventure without robbing them of their innocence. Yes, this is a children's book (Don't say I told you otherwise. Your teens and preteens want bolder works than the Cat Club), but it is a five star children's book. Treasure it!
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