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Jeoffry's Christmas
Bailey, Mary Bryant.
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New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A kind cat helps a farmer find the right Christmas tree and assists Santa Claus in delivering a Christmas feast to many animals.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 65737.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
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Bailey and Sayles deliver a heartwarming tale
Jeoffry thinks of others, so Santa thinks of him
A velvet snout pops through the snow,
not knowing which way to go.
There must be something I can do
to help a lost and hungry shrew.
Jeoffry is all cat, and he's all heart. And when he sets out with the farmer and his dog to find the perfect Christmas tree, it shows. With the tree safely in the farmer's sleigh, Jeoffry is enticed into play by a gang of crows. Soon dusk falls, and he finds himself far from home. Jeoffry sleeps. Then, because he's Jeoffry, he awakens at Santa's side - and becomes Santa's helper as they deliver a Christmas feast to all the birds and beasts of the land. In gentle, sparkling verse, Mary Bryant Bailey introduces Jeoffry, a captivating cat with a winning way, and Elizabeth Sayles applies her own magic to present Jeoffry's exquisite natural world and his wondrous Christmas.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite its graceful, poetic imagery ("There in shadow/ the perfect tree/ that grows the blue/ and green of sea"), Bailey's debut tale bogs down with lines that don't scan, starting with the opening couplet ("The sun is shining on the snow./ We crunch across the bent meadow"). Sayles's (Five Little Kittens) dreamy rose- and orange-tinted vistas, however, carry the story about a cat that helps a farmer find the perfect tree and then travels in Santa's sleigh to bring a Christmas feast to all the animals. While the feline hero is somewhat anthropomorphized, cat lovers may lap this up. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A cat goes into the forest with the farmer and his dog to choose a Christmas tree. Sidetracked by a gang of crows, Jeoffry gets lost, but is eventually rescued by Santa himself, who decides that the feline should help him distribute a feast to the wild animals. Jeoffry is not a typical cat. He greets the dove "with fond meows," and tries to think of a way "to help a lost and hungry shrew," despite the fact that he is lost and hungry himself. The first-person rhyming verse is occasionally stilted and overlong. The spreads are attractive, with a palette that ranges from cool blues and whites while Jeoffry is in the forest and lost to warm oranges and pinks after he meets Santa. The cat is drawn with plenty of personality and an almost human expression. Enigmatically, Santa and the farmer look alike, which is potentially confusing. Loose ends, the unnatural choice of a feline to play Santa to his traditional prey, and text that scans awkwardly lessen the effectiveness of this tale.-M. A. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.