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GINGER by Charlotte Voake


by Charlotte Voake & illustrated by Charlotte Voake

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-7636-0108-X
Publisher: Candlewick

 A flawless tale of two cats, well-suited to story hours, to be read and reread. Ginger is introduced as the most contented of pets, his owner making him ``delicious meals'' and his days spent in the splendor of his beautiful basket. Then: ``What's this? A kitten!'' The girl who owns Ginger has procured a ``new friend'' for him. Ginger's eyes widen at the little rat-tailed creature that invades his life, all pointy edges and awkward energy. When the kitten climbs into Ginger's beloved basket, the illustration shows how the older cat draws back, ears down and subdued horror in his expression. Voake (Mr. Davies and the Baby, 1996, etc.) seems to sketch out each scene with glee, and the large pages exaggerate the comic effects. Ginger runs away, and the girl goes in search of him; she brings him in from the cold and the rain, accepts that the two cats won't be friends, and treats Ginger with tenderness. A well-timed surprise finds the cats cozy at last, because Ginger--for all his unsocial tendencies--cannot resist the cardboard box into which the kitten is placed. This is a simple tale, paced to perfection, while its parallels to the arrival of a new baby in a household give it a practical dimension. (Picture book. 3-7)