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Jenny Goes to Sea Hardcover – June 30, 2005
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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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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.