Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky Hardcover – Nov 30 2003
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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
Although this is an older book the references are still pretty timeless.
All I remembered was that it was about a black cat who danced the hornpipe- try finding a book with only that information!
I found it by chance- here in its newly reissued form.
Just as good or better than I remembered. Highly recommended.
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.
I'm eager to get my hands on a copy and share it with my future kids.
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I was so excited to find this book on amazon. I'd been searching for it for years after I'd read it once in a library and never found it again. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2009 by Lyndsaye G
I remember reading these stories back in 1975, when I was just learning to read at age five. Now my daughter, the same age, is learning her words. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2008 by T. Swan
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... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by BugMom22
I remember this book from when I was a little kid, and I always loved it. The illustrations are the BEST (my personal favorite being the one where Jenny dances the hornpipe), and... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Carolyn Carpenter
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