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Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky (New York Review Children's Collection) Hardcover – November 30, 2003

4.9 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Jenny's Cat Club Series

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"Esther Averill's collection of Jenny Linsky books deserves special mention. ...Told in clear, simple language that will appeal to younger children, all of these stories are delightful and festooned with simple illustrations every few pages that enhance, but never dominate, the melodious text." —The San Francisco Chronicle

"Averill colors her stories with abundant flights of clever fancy… But the nonchalance with which she delivers these makes them as real as her grounding details…Children will find Jenny’s lessons about emotions and behavior helpful and reassuring." —Christina Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly

"The grace and charm of these little books are not only for children. In wording, illustration, and design they offer to people of all ages a short interview of pure delight." —The Saturday Review

"There is a realness about Jenny, as well as a demure charm, that gives these annals of her doings a distinction lacking in many a more pretentious effort." —The New Yorker

"In Jenny readers meet the perfect friend—an honest, fun-loving, and loyal playfellow and comrade-in-arms. How good to have Jenny back in print.” —Leonard S. Marcus, author of Storied City: A Children’s Book Walking Tour Guide to New York City

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"Jenny Linsky, the gallant heroine of these perenially endearing tales, pads through life balancing many of the same emotional ups and downs that crowd every schoolchild’s day. Being a cat, Jenny does it all with enviable aplomb, and with a keen eye for her surroundings--the colorful back alleys and gardens of Greenwich Village. In Jenny readers meet the perfect friend--an honest, fun-loving, and loyal playfellow and comrade-in-arms. How good to have Jenny back in print--and the august Cat Club back in session again!" --Leonard S. Marcus, author of Storied City: A Children’s Book Walking Tour Guide to New York City
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection (November 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590170474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590170472
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There's a time most of us probably don't remember when we make the conceptual leap from looking at a bunch of letters on a page to reading. Jenny did this for me.
My grandmother sent me the first Jenny Linsky books before I was old enough to start school. My parents read them to me--at first. For the rest of his life my Dad said that he, too, adored Jenny Linsky because all he had to do was put me in his lap, open the book, and turn the pages. I did all the rest.
Years ago, before internet use was common, I asked a woman who owned a children's bookstore if she carried the Jenny Linksy books. She condecendingly told me that she never heard of them. No wonder that store went out of business.
Later, when I went online and tried to find the books, all I could find were rare collectors copies.
I'm thrilled to see these reprinted. I owe Jenny for a lifetime of happy reading.
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Format: Hardcover
Over a period of days, I read my 7 and 4 year old the stories in this lovely book. We all just loved them - the stories are such a refreshing change from more modern stories. They are old-fashioned, but still relevant and engaging to children. Jenny Linksy is charming, but has her faults. She admirably faces challenges and is willing to admit when she's wrong. My kids kept asking questions about the stories and making comments about Jenny and her friends for days after each reading. They totally looked forward to the next story. Echoing a prior reviewer's comment - Please publish the rest of the stories!
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By MaryK on January 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My children (girl-4, boy 6)love Jenny Linsky. Her everyday adventures are so real and make it easy to relate to her. The illustrations are so simple and the characters so diverse. This is my daughter's favorite book (after Jenny's Surprise Birthday Party, which we have checked out of my son's school library 4 times this year). My son (a dino, shark, nature kid) hated for me to put it down between chapters; it is so fascinating and the language and setting are so unlike many books written today. I am so glad we uncovered this wonderful, old treasure. I would encourage all parents to read a Jenny Linsky story to their children.
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My four and a half year old loves cats so I couldn't wait to give her this book for Christmas. Truly, over even her biggest present, I think this is her favorite Christmas gift of 2005. Every night since she received it we have been reading Jenny's stories. When we finished it the first time, we started over again!

These stories are sweet, full of adventure and fun, while reinforcing core values such as friendship, courage and selflessness. My daughter and I highly recommend this collection for all cat-loving kids! (We've even ordered a copy for her school library.)
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Format: Hardcover
I love Jenny Linsky. I love her gentle nature, her kindness, her shyness. I loved her from the moment I opened the book and read the first paragraphs to my (then) 5 year old daughter. I loved her as I made red pom-poms to tie onto a red scarf so my daughter could dress up as Jenny for Halloween. But five years later, she's my second favorite Linsky. My most favorite is my three year old daughter, Zoe Linsky, whom her big sister lovingly named after the nicest person she could think of, a little black cat named Jenny.
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After years of struggling with my son to interest him in reading, I came upon this wonderful book that features the one thing that I thought might make him read...A cute little black cat and her adventures. This book now has the distinction of being the first book my 9 yr old son has read by himself from cover to cover. Thank you Jenny! Hopefully the publisher will re-release the other Jenny stories as well.
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...I can speak with authority on this one. Esther Averill's Jenny stories were some of the first books I can remember checking out of the neighborhood library; what a joy to find them back in print! I, too, had only vague recollections of "a cat that danced the hornpipe," but seeing the jolly yellow cover of the new edition opened my memory like Proust's madeleine. I hadn't realized that these odd and charming little stories were set in the Greenwich Village I grew up to roam so happily in my college years, though, or I'd have kept more of an eye out for the Cat Club.
I'm eager to get my hands on a copy and share it with my future kids.
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I bought this book for my 5 year old granddaughter. She LOVES this book. She said it was her favorite book and that she was going to keep it forever! She was also hoping they would make it into a movie. Her 2 1/2 yr. old brother also liked it. I guess I will have to get other Jenny Linsky stories for her.
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