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Dinah! A Cat Adventure

by Kae Nishamura

Published by Clarion, 2004
31 pages
ISBN: 0-618-33612-5

Ages 3 - 6

Dinah is a nondescript tiny yellow-striped kitten when first welcomed into her new home. In short order, each of the human family members institutes a clandestine dining routine for Dinah: Father shares his breakfast eggs, Mother doles out bowls of milk, and Boy allocates a portion of his daily after-school cookie. Before long, little Dinah has morphed into whopping, rotund Dinah. As the only animal in her indulgent household, she has no idea that her size has edged toward extreme, until the day she unexpectedly tumbles out a window. Once outdoors, Dinah is mistakenly identified as a raccoon, a watermelon, and a tiger. All this confusion triggers an identity crisis, until Dinah meets up with her anxious owners, out in search of their missing pet. Their warm welcome firmly cements her place in the world, as a beloved member of her own small family. This first book by a new author derives much of its charm from the gently humorous watercolor illustrations. Portly Dinah is a feline to behold. CCBC Categories: Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. (MVL) 2004 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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