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THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP by Terry Farish

THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP

By Terry Farish (Author) , Barry Root (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7636-0834-3
Publisher: Candlewick

Root’s spare, warm-hued rural scenes perfectly capture the tone of this tender tale about two curmudgeons—a grizzled “ol’ Texas boy, country-raised, don’t you know,” and a cat—sharing one roof. Though “not so’s you’d notice,” the old man likes having the cat, which has never killed a bird, or even a mouse, around—especially on his daily fishing expeditions, during which she perches on the boat’s bow like a figurehead. One morning, though, he leaves her sleeping comfortably on their new electric blanket and when he comes back, she’s gone. Days later, she reappears, with a large bass and in a colossal snit at being left behind and having to do the fishing herself. Happy to see her, “and this time, you’d notice,” he endures her nonverbal tongue-lashing, and by bedtime, domestic harmony is restored. Older readers especially will be pleased and amused by Farish’s evocative language as well as the rich array of subtle verbal and visual nuances here. (Picture book. 6-9)