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The Resource The cats in the doll shop, by Yona Zeldis McDonough ; illustrated by Heather Maione

The cats in the doll shop, by Yona Zeldis McDonough ; illustrated by Heather Maione

Label
The cats in the doll shop
Title
The cats in the doll shop
Statement of responsibility
by Yona Zeldis McDonough ; illustrated by Heather Maione
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
With World War I raging in Europe, eleven-year-old Anna is thrilled to learn that her cousin Tania is coming from Russia to stay with Anna's family on the lower East Side of New York, and although Tania is shy and withdrawn when she arrives, her love of cats helps her adjust to her new family
Review
  • Grades 2-5 It’s 1915, 11-year-old Anna and her two sisters look forward to the arrival of their cousin, Trudie, sent by her mother to escape hard times in Russia. But Trudie is fearful, withdrawn, and speaks no English, and she is difficult to befriend. The girls’ determination to save an injured kitten provides the book’s turning point. That may sound a bit pat, but both the immigrant theme and the cat story are grounded with starkly realistic details. Illustrated with appealing drawings, Anna’s vivid first-person narrative makes this a worthy sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs (2009) and a fine choice for fans of the All-of-a-Kind Family series. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 12-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 7, p58)
  • Gr 2 – 5 — This companion to The Doll Shop Downstairs (Viking, 2009) features Anna, now 11 years old. She's concerned about a mother cat and her three-legged kitten in need of a home. If only she could convince her father to change his mind about having pets in the shop. She is also worried about her cousin, a shy and skittish girl from Russia. While the doll that Anna makes for her seems to comfort Tania, there is still a lot of sadness in her cousin. Can Anna help her acclimate to her new life, or does the answer to Tania's happiness actually lie in the fate of the cat and kitten? This is a sweet and old-fashioned story, similar in style to Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family (Wilcox & Follett, 1951), set in World War I-era New York. Sensitive readers will relate to Anna's desire to make everything right for her cousin and, because the cat and kitten have a happy ending, the book is a fine choice for animal lovers as well.—Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA --Elizabeth Swistock (Reviewed December 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 12, p88)
  • In this companion book to The Doll Shop Downstairs (2009), Anna learns the joys and challenges of adding a same-age cousin to her family. Though the sisters--9-year-old Trudie, 11-year-old Anna and new teenager Sophie--are growing up and taking on new challenges, nothing can really prepare them for the arrival of their cousin Tania from Russia. Tania's mother has been hired as a maid, and the job does not include lodging for Tania, so Anna's cousin will live with them for about a year, until her mother can save money for her own passage to New York City. The girls are nervous and excited about Tania's arrival. How will she learn English? Where will she go to school? Will there be enough room? Besides waiting for their cousin, the three girls worry about the mistreated cats next door. Learning to care for the injured kitten Plucky, even when Papa absolutely will not let it live in the house, allows the girls to better understand the silent and sad Tania and eventually is the key that opens her up to her new family. Filled with references to Jewish traditions and the rich history of tenement life in New York City, these fully realized characters could be best friends with the girls from Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family. A quiet treasure. (Historical fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10033928
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McDonough, Yona Zeldis
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 008-011
  • 690L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.M15655
LC item number
Cat 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 5
Reading level
4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Maione, Heather Harms
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Immigrants
  • Cats
  • Cousins
  • Dolls
  • Jews
  • Immigrants
  • Cats
  • Cousins
  • Dolls
  • Jews
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The cats in the doll shop, by Yona Zeldis McDonough ; illustrated by Heather Maione
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
843143
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
140 pages
Isbn
9780670012794
Lccn
2011009312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780670012794
Label
The cats in the doll shop, by Yona Zeldis McDonough ; illustrated by Heather Maione
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
843143
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
140 pages
Isbn
9780670012794
Lccn
2011009312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780670012794

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