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Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky [Hardcover]

Esther Averill
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Nov. 30 2003 New York Review Children's Collection

In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still, the gentle Jenny Linsky would like nothing more than to join the local Cat Club, whose members include Madame Butterfly, an elegant Persian, the high-stepping Macaroni, and stately, plump Mr. President. But can she overcome her fears and prove that she, too, has a special gift? Join Jenny and her friends, including fearless Pickles the Fire Cat, on their spirited downtown adventures and discover why The Atlantic Monthly called Jenny "a personality ranking not far below such giants as Peter Rabbit."

 

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES ESTHER AVERILL'S FIVE FAVORITE CAT CLUB STORIES


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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Jan. 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I was looking for this book for the last two years or more, unfortunately I couldn't remember the title or the author(!).
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice cat book for kids Aug. 13 2009
Format:Hardcover
My 6 year old daughter and I are enjoying reading this book together. It is a very cute book of stories about a little black cat. The cat characters are funny and the illustrations are very nice too. If you have cats as pets you will relate to alot of it. There are alot of good themes in it too like being brave, and being a good friend.

Although this is an older book the references are still pretty timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! Nov. 14 2009
By Shades
Format:Hardcover
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. I was even more delighted to learn that it is a whole series. This is such a great story, along with all of its other books. I still enjoy reading it today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic....Still Feb. 29 2008
By T. Swan
Format:Hardcover
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. These stories are written simply, yet eloquently. The text and pictures are uncomplicated, but erapture the reader regardless of age. I only wish there were more in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love the Cat Club! July 8 2004
By zobella
Format:Hardcover
Over a period of days, I read my 7 and 4 year old the stories in this lovely book. We all just loved them - the stories are such a refreshing change from more modern stories. They are old-fashioned, but still relevant and engaging to children. Jenny Linksy is charming, but has her faults. She admirably faces challenges and is willing to admit when she's wrong. My kids kept asking questions about the stories and making comments about Jenny and her friends for days after each reading. They totally looked forward to the next story. Echoing a prior reviewer's comment - Please publish the rest of the stories!
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