The Dancing Cat

K Gr 2 An exquisite toy cat, equipped with jointed legs, a fish in her pocket, and a mask with a fierce cat scowl on it, dreams of being a dancer Her fantasies are shattered, however, when she is bought by a feisty little girl whose cats pride themselves on forceful fighting and ferocious clawing The child becomes disgusted with the toy s meek nature and throws herK Gr 2 An exquisite toy cat, equipped with jointed legs, a fish in her pocket, and a mask with a fierce cat scowl on it, dreams of being a dancer Her fantasies are shattered, however, when she is bought by a feisty little girl whose cats pride themselves on forceful fighting and ferocious clawing The child becomes disgusted with the toy s meek nature and throws her on the floor she is rescued by a kindhearted cousin, Ben, a kindred spirit who at once realizes that Tasha was born to dance This is an enchanting tale with a simple, powerful message dreams can be realized The striking, detailed illustrations, a combination of colored pencil and watercolor, bring to life the endearing stuffed animals of the nursery, the sullen protagonist, and the gentle hero Most impressive though is a two page spread of Tasha, with a perfect breakup of light and dark and flow of movement If one blinks for just a moment, she really does appear to be dancing Debra S Gold, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
The Dancing Cat K Gr An exquisite toy cat equipped with jointed legs a fish in her pocket and a mask with a fierce cat scowl on it dreams of being a dancer Her fantasies are shattered however when she is boug

  • Title: The Dancing Cat
  • Author: Justine Rendal Bernhard Oberdieck
  • ISBN: 9780671726379
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Dancing Cat”

    1. Oh, the nostalgia of this book. What I remember most is how much this book upset me. I mean it, it's really depressing right up until the last three pages. And though the ending was happy, it barely made up for how depressing the rest of the book was. I'm not saying it's bad, mind you. The illustrations were beautiful (especially the last page) and I really appreciate the way the author didn't go with the gender roles trope for the personalities of the two human children. I was just a very sensi [...]

    2. A little girl receives the dancing cat as a gift, but mistreats her as she does all her toys. It's not until the little girl gives the cat away that the dancing cat is finally able to achieve her dream of dancing. The little boy who adopts her names her Tasha (because good dancers are Russian) and has his mom make Tasha a dancing costume. Tasha dances to her heart's content and is very happy.

    3. My little girl loves to dance. She loved this book and I really enjoyed it as well. It was a book about realizing your dreams despite obstacles and discouragement. Well written.

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