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The cookie-store cat
Rylant, Cynthia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Blue Sky Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A happy cat lives a wonderful life in the back of a cookie store, where the bakers take loving care of him and he receives special visitors. Includes three recipes for sweet treats.
Reading Level:
AD 1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 167184.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.2 2 Quiz: 16565 Guided reading level: M.
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The sweet tale of a forgotten kitty without a home who is found and adopted by the kind bakers of a charming town. The book includes many easy-to-follow recipes for the cookies mentioned inside.

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Just up the street from The Bookshop Dog (1996) lives a formerly stray cat, who, from season to season, rises at 6 a.m. to supervise the three bakers as they prepare the day's confections, visits with the store's regulars and neighbors, and, after closing time, retires for "sweet dreaming all night long." Cookies, cakes, gumdrops, and swirls of icing decorate the illustrations, which are done in Rylant's ingenuous artistic style; the bakers have a gingerbreadish look to them, and in several scenes the cat resembles a plump orange cookie jar. The book closes with seven (would that be a baker's half-dozen?) tempting cookie recipes for grown-ups to try. A lovely idyll, definitely fattening. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

A foundling cat lives a charmed life in this companion to The Bookshop Dog. After morning kisses from the cookie bakers, the plump, ginger-colored cat visits the neighborhood shopowners and keeps the regulars company. Even better, he basks in attention from the after-school crowd: "The cookie-store cat rubs his nose with theirs, and bats at their pencils, and licks drops of milk from their fingers." Rylant's thickly painted figures and furniture (even the text) have a fittingly doughy look, and the buildings could be made of gingerbread. She sprinkles the spreads with hearts, spirals and cookie shapes and indulgently enumerates the compliments showered on the cat, as the bakers tell him "he is prettier than marzipan. They brag that he is a gumdrop gem." The bakery itself is the hub of a tightly knit community: at day's end, the chefs take the leftovers to "the Children's Home," while Kitty keeps watch over the shop until their return at daybreak. A cat-lover's confection. Ages 3-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-With simple acrylics accented with cake-decorating squiggles, Rylant illustrates her saccharine story of an orphan cat fawned over by the bakers and visitors to a cookie store. The bakery is part of a strip of specialty shops that include Martha Jane's Bookshop and its canine matchmaker introduced in Rylant's The Bookshop Dog (Scholastic, 1996). Unlike her doggy drama, though, there isn't any tension here, just a low-key description of the cat's largely indolent lifestyle. Readers learn that one of the bakers in this doll-like town found the scrawny kitty while opening the shop several years earlier, nursed him to health on cream and cookie dough, and, with the consent of the other employees, designated him the store mascot. The children adore him and let him lick drops of milk from their fingers while they eat their snacks. Recipes for seven treats follow the story (no mention of adult supervision being necessary). Bold colors and find-the-kitty double-page spreads will appeal to preschoolers (who won't know what ginger creams and bachelor buttons are, just that they probably taste good) and the Pleasantville perfection will give them sweet, reassuring dreams. Cat Heaven on Earth for this lucky feline.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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