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Mrs. Crump's Cat

by Linda Smith
Illustrated by David Roberts

Published by HarperCollins, 2006
32 pages
ISBN: 0-06-028302-5

Ages 4-8

Mrs. Crump has absolutely no use for a cat. Especially the stray she finds shivering on her doorstep one rainy day. Somehow she leaves the door ajar, and the cat slips inside. Before she quite knows whats happening, Mrs. Crump finds herself walking through the rain to buy the cat some cream, and one thing leads to another. Despite an intention to turn the cat out, she finds reasons to delay the rain, the cream to use up, her fear that the cat has forgotten its way home. Indeed, it will be obvious to young readers that Mrs. Crump has fallen hard for her new feline companion. Although she makes statements to the contrary, Mrs. Crump does all she can to make her houseguest comfortable and happy. In the process, she finds a new happiness for herself, and, as a bonus, the illustrations hint at a budding friendship with the owner of the store where she shops for the cats many needs. The amusing contradiction between what Mrs. Crump says and what she does provides the audience with a satisfying puzzle, and the illustrations add an extra layer of detail to the exceptional text. Honor Book, 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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