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The Best Cat in the World [Hardcover]

By Leslea Newman (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.33" Width: 8.32" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Age  4-8
ISBN  0802852521  
EAN  9780802852526  

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Item Description...
A young boy deals with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie, eventually accepting the arrival of another, very different cat.

Publishers Description
" Who's the best cat in the world? I asked him after Mom turned off the light. Charlie purred a rumbling reply."

But even the best cat in the world doesn't live forever, and the young narrator of this touching story struggles to deal with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie. His mother suggests getting a new cat, and after some hesitation, Vincent agrees. But the new cat, Shelley, is very different from Charlie. She doesn't look like Charlie, she doesn't like the same things Charlie did, and she doesn't do the things Charlie always did. But despite all these differences, is it possible that Shelley might, in her own way, also be the best cat in the world?

LeslC)a Newman's gentle story honors the full range of a child's feelings when dealing with the loss of a favorite pet. Ronald Himler's soft watercolor and pencil illustrations capture the poignant emotions of the young boy as well as the playful antics of his new kitten.

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More About Leslea Newman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! LESL?aA NEWMAN is the author of over fifty books, including "Heather Has Two Mommies, " the first children's book to portray lesbian families in a positive way. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

CAROL THOMPSON has illustrated more than forty-five books for children, and is the recipient of the Mother Goose Award for Children's Book Illustration. She lives in Ashby de la Zouch, England."

Leslea Newman currently resides in Northhampton, in the state of Massachusetts. Leslea Newman was born in 1955.

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Best Cat in the World and One of the Best Books in the World  Nov 20, 2006
The Best Cat in the World is well written and deals sensitively with the loss of a pet. My preschooler fell in love with this book after checking it out from the public library. I had no idea that it was about the loss of a pet, but it was well timed as we had lost a beloved hamster just a couple of months previous. We had the book so long that we had to either return it or pay for it! That's when I purchased it from this The book is simple enough for even a young child to understand but yet not so babyish as to be unusable with older children. I highly recommend it to any family with pets and children!
An excellent book for anyone who loses a beloved pet.  Jun 17, 2004
As a book reviewer for Funseeker's Radio Network I read a lot of books for children. This one helps with the process of saying goodbye to a treasured pet and getting used to another, sometimes more different, pet. In this case Charlie has had a long and happy life as "the best cat in the world" for young Victor. The boy is devastated when Charlie dies and doesn't think he will ever want another cat, but Charlie's vet, Dr. Levin calls him and offers him a new kitten. He accepts reluctantly and soon finds that Shelley is a different cat altogether. Her habits and ways are not like Charlie's, but he finally realizes that he again has the "best cat in the world." The story is well-written and the illustrations by Ronald Himler are excellent. I would recommend this book highly to anyone who has lost a pet or as a gift for someone who is dealing with the death for a pet.
Can the heart make room?  May 26, 2004
A boy has lost his friend and companion-an orange cat named Charlie-to old age. He cries inconsolably for two whole days, and cannot even eat the favorite supper Mom prepares for him. He and Mom plant a rosebush with orange flowers at the burial site, and the boy sits by it after school and tries to talk with Charlie. Listen as hard as he may, however, there is no reply.

When the vet calls to ask if Victor would provide a home for Shelley, a brand-new tortoiseshell kitten, he is hesitant. Perhaps he won't like the kitten, or the kitten won't like him.

Victor brings home the multi-colored bundle of fur, and gradually adjusts to her ways, which often differ from Charlie's. She does not like to be scratched between the ears while she eats, as Charlie did. She prefers the windowsill to the special pillow on Victor's bed where Charlie used to sleep.

Soon, however, Victor begins to delight in Shelley's unique behaviors-how she plays with the water while he brushes his teeth and how she chases her own tail.

Himler's pencil-and-watercolors capture Victor's full range of emotion-concern and worry, grief, amusement, and joy--in this book that demonstrates how the human heart can have many rooms.

A profoundly compelling picture book about grief  May 19, 2004
Flowing color paintings by Ronald Himler add a moving touch to The Best Cat In The World is a poignant story by Leslea Newman about a young boy named Victor who loses his beloved feline companion Charlie to old age. When a new cat, Shelley, comes to the household, she is different from Charlie in almost every way - she doesn't do the things Charlie used to do, or respond in the same way. But in time Victor learns that his new friend is unique and special, and every bit as much "the best cat in the world" as Charlie was, in this profoundly compelling picture book about grief and the slow process of healing. The Best Cat In The World is especially recommended reading for young people who have lost a treasured animal companion.
Purrfect!  Feb 27, 2004
I am a softie for any books with cats on the cover. The title of this book, `The Best Cat in the World' reminds me somewhat of Cleveland Amory's book (`The Best Cat Ever'), but this is not a book like that - this is a children's book. It tells the story of two cats, really - one named Charlie, who passes away early in the book, and one named Shelley, who finds a new home with the young boy Victor after Charlie is gone. It is a wonderful tale about letting go and starting anew. One of the good things about children having pets is that they learn love and responsibility; one the sadder parts about children having pets is that they die, and the children have to deal with the loss.

Charlie was a special cat for Victor, with set mannerisms and patterns Victor was used to. After Charlie died, the family buried him in the back yard, and Victor was nearly inconsolable. However, Victor's mother and the vet brought Victor together with another cat, Shelley, who had been dropped off at the office. At first Victor is very resistant, comparing Shelley to Charlie in somewhat unfavourable ways. `Charlie never did that,' Victor would think, as Shelley would do (or not do) as Charlie had done. However, felines have the kind of magic that works on a willing soul, and Victor comes to love the individuality in Shelley, without diminishing his love for his lost companion, Charlie. Shelley becomes heir to the title `Best Cat in the World', and rumbles purring in response in the same fashion as Charlie did.

The text is simple, sweet and very readable by children. The author Leslea Newman has penned several children's books, some with cats and some without. Ronald Himler, the illustrator, has provided his wonderful graphic pen for some seventy-five books; the drawings are charming and engaging, and enhance the story with a softness watercolours provide and detail that pencil can add.

This is a wonderful gift for children, particularly those who need to learn to deal with the kind of separation that a pet's death brings home. It does not make light of its subject, but does not dwell on the tragic, nor does it dishonour the cat who is gone by simple replacement. A wonderful book!


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