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Ginger Paperback – April 7, 2008

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Ginger has a problem. Having lived the luxurious life of a pampered cat, complete with hand-prepared special meals and his own basket, he's suddenly confronted with a kitten in the house. Ginger watches with utter feline disapproval as the kitten leaps out from behind doors, eats his food, and, in a show of phenomenal gall, climbs into Ginger's beautiful basket. Because the little girl who pampers him makes no signs of taking the frenetic little fur ball away, Ginger has no choice but to leave home. The girl retrieves an angry, cold Ginger from under a bush and sadly concludes that the two cats will never be companions. A delightful surprise ending lets us know that there is hope for these two becoming furry friends after all.

Charlotte Voake tells Ginger's story with the pen, paints, and perspective of a keen cat observer. Both the frantic hijinks of the kitten and the dignified disgust of Ginger are perfectly reflected in Voake's enchanting, comical illustrations. Kids will enjoy hearing the simple, lovely story and taking in the captivating, humorous expressions and body language of the cats. Not only is Ginger the cat's meow (one of the best cat books ever!), it also makes the perfect gift for an older sibling having trouble with the arrival of a new "kitten" in the playroom. (Ages 3 to 7) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A new kitten arrives in Ginger by Charlotte Voake, but reigning feline "Ginger didn't want a new friend, especially one like this." Cat lovers and families with new babies will savor this story of how the two learn to live with each other and have fun.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140631269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406312690
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Hi, My name is Gabe. I am ten years old. Our family liked your book because we have two cats, named Garfield and Kiki. Garfield looks like Ginger. He was our family cat and Kiki is the new kitten. She bugs Garfield like the kitten bugged Ginger in your book.
We read your book. I love your illustrations. I am an artist too and love cats too. As you said in your story the two cats got along, I hope that happens to our cats too.
We just read your book. Do you have real cats that do the same thing? I would like to write funny stories about cats. We hope to have you email us.
Thank you for writing the book. Maybe I will write a story about my cats when I grow up.
Your book reader, Gabriel
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There's a vast range of books you can use to introduce a small child to the concept of having a new little sibling. Some books speak directly to this need, focusing on sibling relations. Others, like "Ginger", tell a story from an entirely different point of view. A distinctly feline one at that.
Ginger is a pampered happy orange tabby. When his normal routines are upset by a new grey kitten, Ginger is incensed. In a fit of pique Ginger leaves home. It is only when the little girl who owns the cats gives each animal his own space (separate food dishes, separate sleeping spaces, etc.) that Ginger and the little grey truly start to get along. The book speaks as much to parents as it does to children. In short, you cannot just throw two people (or animals) together without giving each their own space at first. If the story is charming (and it is, it is), then the illustrations match it perfectly. Voake has a wonderful grasp of cat positions and attitudes. When Ginger is curled up in his cat hamper with one paw placed gently across his eyes, he is both adorable and entirely cat-like. Likewise the kitten's playful attack on Ginger's tail is perfectly drawn. If you're searching for either a good introduction-to-a-new-sibling book or just a cute kitty story, "Ginger" is sure to please either way.
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I taught kindergarden/elementary for four years and this was one of my favorite books to read to my students (age 3-6 especially). It always made me want to get a second cat. Kids love the pictures and the story is simple enough for younger children to follow and enjoy.
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Ginger, a beautiful boy cat received a gift he does not want to accept but eventually finds a way! Perfect
as a Christmas gift or any time you need a good cat story! Also covers the topic of sharing...hmmmm!
Sybil Blazej-Yee, Librarian and a Children's Book Author and a Dogwalker and a Cat Service Provider (LOL)
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This story involves a big cat adjusting to a new kitten. I bought this book for my son when we were expecting a new baby. It works perfectly to illustrate having a new baby in the house without being so obvious about it. Other than the sibling aspect, it is just a fun read. I enjoyed the illustrations as well.
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I was captivated by the illustrations as well as the narration of the simple but engaging story. Charlotte Voake has cat expressions and behaviours down pat! Ginger's look of appalled aggrievement when the kitten clambers, in such perfect kitten style, into his basket, captures feline character perfectly. And the illustration for "The kitten waited for a bit, then he got into Ginger's basket. It wasn't the same without Ginger." is priceless. I bought this book for my godchild but haven't been able to relinquish it! Well, she can have it soon - as long as she keeps it at my house.
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I bought this book for my son as we had checked out 'Here Comes the Train' from the library and enjoyed it. While the story is lovely about a kitten moving in on the space of a cat it is also quite relevant to a new baby taking time, attention, and space from an older sibling or child. I am not sure that my son was able to comprehend the actual message of how after a bit of discomfort that the cat/kitten adjusted to one another just like he adjusted to his baby sister. I do know my son enjoyed seeing that they got along and shared with each other by the end of the story.
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Who doesn't enjoy a good cat story? And the more unbelievable they are, the more we can't get enough of the antics and accomplishments of these phenomenal creatures. his book was well written and with a great dedication to our feline community. If you are a cat lover, buy this book. If you are a cat horder, buy one for yourself and your psychiatrist. But most importantly, buy it. You won't regret the investment in time nor money.
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