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Six is so much less than seven
Himler, Ronald.
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Publication Information:
New York : Star Bright Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
After the death of one of his seven cats, an old man finds how much he misses his cat as he goes about the activities of each day.
Reading Level:
140 Lexile.
Format :


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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Warm illustrations convey the deep bond between an old man and his six cats while teaching the reader about the cycle of life.

Author Notes

Ronald Himler was born in Cleveland Ohio. He received a degree in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1960. He held several jobs as a commercial artist before quitting his job and going to Europe. Once there, he conducted independent research at the major museums, including the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi gallery in Florence, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

In 1972, he illustrated his first picture book, Glad Day and Other Classical Poems for Children. He has illustrated more than 150 picture books for children including The Lily Cupboard by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, Hook Moon Night by Faye Gibbons, and The Wall and Fly Away Home, both by Eve Bunting. He authored and illustrated several books including The Girl on the Yellow Giraffe and Wake up Jeremiah. He has won numerous awards including the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators, The Christopher Award, the Parents Choice Gold Award, and a Children's Book Council Award.

His oil paintings of Native American and western culture have appeared in fine art galleries across the country. His works have been featured in Art of the West magazine and on the PBS television program Arizona Illustrated.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-An old man rises one morning, sadly noting that six is so much less than seven. Readers follow him as he milks the cows, eats breakfast, and then performs all the chores on his farm before visiting the grave of his recently deceased seventh cat. In an upbeat ending, the man discovers that one of his pets has given birth. Himler is at his artistic best here. Detailed pen-and-ink art shows cats in various poses and activities, and the double-page watercolor illustrations are calming. This gentle story of the circle of life is best suited to one-on-one sharing and ideal for a child who has lost a pet.-Meghan R. Malone, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.