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THE DANCING CAT by Justine Rendal


by Justine Rendal & illustrated by Bernhard Oberdieck

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1991
ISBN: 0-671-72637-4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 Since the ``rough little girl'' likes ``friction and fighting and fuss,'' the toy cat wearing a fierce mask looks just right for her, but she's not--she's a gentle soul who yearns to dance. The girl's other toys are contemptuous, but still the cat refuses to fight. The mask falls off and breaks; a visiting cousin recognizes the cat's true quality and takes her home to be the star of his theatrical games. With toys as symbols of human foibles, and with Rendal's quietly telling language, this is reminiscent of Andersen despite its upbeat conclusion. Intriguing, especially as extended by Oberdieck's carefully detailed illustrations--a nice blend of satire and sympathy. (Picture book. 4-8)