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The School for Cats (New York Review Children's Collection) Hardcover – August 31, 2005

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Book 2 of 7 in the Jenny's Cat Club Series

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"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

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection (August 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159017173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590171738
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this story would be far fetched being that Jenny goes to a "camp." But she actually goes to a kennel and it made more sense to me (talking cats, cat who drives--perfectly normal to me). Nonetheless, the story keeps in balance with the rest of Averill's series. My five year old truly enjoys this series. He loves cats and enjoys the fun adventures Jenny the cat experiences.
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We are purchasing this series one at a time for our daughter, who is also named Jenny. She is eating them up! The stories are simple and sweet, but include lots of old-fashioned adventure, just perfect for young kids. We own several titles now and I have not been disappointed by any of them. Charming illustrations and great stories makes for a perfect combination! I recommend this series highly. Probably up to a fourth grade reading level.
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By Book Addict on December 27, 2006
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I picked up a Jenny and the cat Club book at a yard sale in the late 1970's. It quickly became my favorite book, and I still have it today. I tried to collect other Jenny books over the years, but they are hard to find in good condition - and expensive - so I was happy to see them all republished in hardcover! My collection grows!!

These books are wonderful - hope you will buy one for your kids - or yourself! :)
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My 7 year old son and I loved the book the fire cat. Since Pickles the "fire cat" is in this book too I decided to get it. If you like the fire cat you will probably like this book too. Pickles isn't the main character in this book, but plays a major role. If you aren't familiar with Pickles he is actually a bully (the same way he starts off as a bully in the Fire Cat), but in the end with the help of some friends, Jenny (the main character) stands up for herself. I love the simple old drawings and use of words that don't get used much anymore. I believe this book was first published in 1947.
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For those who have somehow missed these books as children, it's never too late to start reading them to your own children and grandchildren! Early Readers love them!
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My daughters love the Jenny Linsky cat books. All of the drawings are extremely charming and the writing is so fluid that my nine-year-old reads them to her younger sister.
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Did you know there was once a Boarding School for Cats? If you were a cat, would you want to go there?

Some who went there were like Pickles, sent by his master to learn manners. Pickles who thrived at the boarding school by running over innocent cats with his hook-and-ladder truck.

Others were sent there like Jenny. She was sent to the boarding school while her master was sailing at sea. Jenny wasn't so sure she wanted to go to boarding school. Especially after Pickles ran over her with his hook-and-ladder truck.

A 1001 CBYMRBYGU.
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My daughter (5) and I love Jenny. We have all the Jenny Linsky books except Moonlight Adventure. This book has Jenny meeting Pickles the Fire Cat before he had completely mended his ways(Pickles is the hero of The Fire Cat that is great for cat-loving boys and girls.) Jenny teaches him a thing or two by the end and they end up being best friends.

The price is a bit steep for the length of the book, but there are some cute illustrations that make up for the lack of length.
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