Eight-year-old, disorganized Gus misses the dog left behind when his family moved, but then he meets a stray cat and a bossy classmate who breaks school rules to help him care for it.
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Judy Cox is an elementary school teacher who has written many picture books and chapter books for children. Publishers Weekly praised “Cox’s rhythmic story” and the narrative’s “cheerful, buoyant tempo” for "My Family Plays Music", winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award. She lives in Ontario, Oregon.
Blanche Sims is the illustrator of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including the popular "Kids of the Polk Street School" and "New A collaboration with writer Judy Cox, Cool Cat, School Cat focuses on a stray cat who adopts the new kid on the block and helps build a friendship.Kids of the Polk Street School" series by writer Patricia Reilly Giff. Sims has also contributed her pen-and-ink and watercolor skills to books by a variety of other writers, among them Eric A. Kimmel, Jean Marzollo, and Suzy Kline, the last with whom Sims has collaborated on books featuring spunky second grader Mary Marony. Sims often illustrates series of easy-reading books in which elementary graders can follow a likeable group of characters. In Butterfly Buddies, one of several beginning chapter books Sims has illustrated for writer Judy Cox, the "inky drawings add a pleasant and humorous touch," according to School Library Journal writer Debbi Whitbeck, the reviewer also comparing the work favorably with Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" series. Sims once told SATA: "I am self-taught. My grandfather on my father's side was an Italian painter. He was a professor of art at Mount Holyoke College and died at ninety-six years of age. When I was a child in Cleveland, he would send me assignments―'draw a hand,' 'draw a foot,' etc.―and reward me with chocolate bars, lockets, and rings. "I remember my elementary school teacher, Miss Cassatt. She knew I couldn't bring lunches and would always have me drawing maps or historical figures at lunchtime to 'feed' me. I once drew the Taj Mahal in colored chalk and it reached across the whole back wall of the class. "I had a wonderful high school art teacher, Mr. Paul Ulen, who had studied in London. In my first year of high school we were learning at an art-school level. He stressed drawing and that's what we did―from live models to plaster casts. A scholarship was certain, but I had to drop out of school and get out on my own due to an unpleasant home life. "I left Cleveland and moved to New York City, married an illustrator, had four wonderful children, and now have eight grandchildren. I divorced long ago and needed to work to support my brood...This pulled me together and I became a book illustrator." She lives in Sandy Hook, CT.
Grade 2-4-Gus is on his way to his first day in a new school when he meets a bossy girl from his class and a scraggly, starving cat. He decides that he must help the animal and hides it in an empty teacher's office. Unfortunately, Gus is very forgetful. He is excited about a class trip to a swimming pool, but discovers that the school is being fumigated on the same day. He writes himself a note so he'll remember to move Leo, but he leaves his backpack with the note attached at the doctor's office. The morning of the outing, he finally remembers the cat and has to decide whether to go to the park or rescue the animal. Gus is a lovable character with his forgetful ways and sweet qualities. The large type, numerous black-and-white drawings, and easy-to-read text make this a good choice for children just beginning to read chapter books.
Wendy S. Carroll, Grant Elementary School, Ridgefield Park, NJ
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Descripción Holiday House, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P11082341714X
Descripción Holiday House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 082341714X New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1842614
Descripción Holiday House, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Blanche Sims Ilustrador. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M082341714X