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Amelia's nine lives
Balian, Lorna.
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Nashville : Abingdon Press, [1986]

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32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 21 cm
Nine of Nora's friends and relatives bring her replacement cats after she loses her beloved Amelia, but there is still one surprise in store.
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Nine of Nora's friends and relatives bring her replacement cats after she loses her beloved Amelia, but there is still one surprise in store.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. In this slight but amusing tale, young Nora is upset because her inky black cat, Amelia, is missing. The family searches everywhere, and when it appears that the cat is truly lost, Nora cries as though she will never stop. Well-intentioned friends and family members arrive with black cats that could be Amelia; one look and Nora knows they are not. Meanwhile, the cats keep accumulating, and when Amelia finally comes home, she has four kittens with her, making a grand total of fourteen felines. Part of the joke here is that though all the cats look exactly alike, Nora knows the difference. The rest of the story's charm comes from Balian's crisp, colorful pictures that are filled with funny little nuances and from the striking black cats that stand out against the snow-white pages. Appealing as a short bedtime story or as a tale in preschool story hours. IC. Cats Fiction [CIP] 85-30835

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 On Monday Nora's beloved cat, Amelia, disappears, and her family's search is to no avail. On Tuesday, Mama puts a ``lost cat'' notice in the newspaper, and Papa puts a sign on the lawn. Friends and relatives immediately begin bringing ``Amelias'' until the house is filled with nine sleek, inky-black cats with round eyes and pink noses. But Nora continues to weep because none looks, purrs, smells, or feels quite right. At last on Sunday the real Amelia returns with four plump kittens, and Nora is overjoyed. They then advertise ``Free cats.'' The gently humorous story stresses that the love of a child for a special pet is so strong and true that she cannot be fooled by substitutes. The amusing pictures show the human and cat figures crisply depicted in lively color against a background drawn in unshaded pencil outlines. The red-faced, sorrowing Nora is surrounded by an appealing group of sympathetic family members and neighbors drawn in a clever cartoon style, but the numerous puzzled, peering Amelias steal the show. The simple, repetitive writing is suitable for early readers and for reading to small children. Pat Pearl, First Prebysterian Church Library, Martinsville, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.