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The author of the book: Judy Schachner
ISBN: 0525461221
ISBN 13: 9780525461227
Language: English
Edition: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 28th 1999
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Here is the story of Simon, an old, old cat who lived a full and happy cat-life with his loving people. Now he is old and blind and deaf and smelly... but his people still love him and do all they can to make his life enjoyable and comfortable. Still, it seems like all he can do is relive the memories of being a younger cat. Maybe it would be easier to just let old age claim him at last... But, his family has a surprise for him. A kitten! Simon remembers how he helped the other little pets who came into his life and he wonders if he can do it again, even with his creaky bones and other ailments. As you can tell by the picture on the cover, he can ;-) This is a wonderful story and the illustrations are just charming; the author really understands cats, and the book is even dedicated to many of the ones who have blessed her life.

If you're anything like me, you will need your Kleenex for this one! While nowhere near as sad as it could have been and there is a lot of humor and charm (the ending is great and, yes, Simon is still alive!), I my heart still ached as I thought back over the sweet, wonderful cats who have departed from my life, and how hard it was to watch them grow old even though I still loved them when I had to give them insulin shots, help them onto the bed, or kiss them despite the stinky old-cat breath. This book also tugged at my heartstrings because there is a dear old cat at the cat sanctuary where I volunteer. His name is Bubba and he is a big, handsome black cat with a Jay Leno chin (which he loves to have scratched, of course). He's been at the sanctuary for years and he is like the camp counselor, always ready to help with any little arguments or upsets among the other cats. He also loves kittens! I've found him so many times in the "kitten barn", just hanging out with the kittens and letting them play with/on/around him, offering up his warm and wise presence in their little lives. His patience and sweet nature are so wonderful and admirable. He's ill now, and we don't know how much longer he will be with us, but I hope that, like Simon, he'll have many more kittens in whatever months he has left to help him feel happy, alive and useful.

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Ebook The Grannyman read Online! "I was the last child and only daughter born to Edward and Mary Francis Byron on August 20th, 1951 in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. My oldest brother Ted was very good at art and my middle brother Kevin kept me laughing with his funny stories.

Growing up we didn't have much money. My mother was very ill, and to make matters worse, I was extremely shy. All my teachers complained that "Judith needs to speak up in class, Judith needs to improve in arithmetic, and Judith needs to finish her work on time." But no one complained about my artwork. On paper I drew myself a world where mothers were healthy and teachers were kind. My life was perfection in pencil.

In 1969, Massachusetts College of Art accepted me as a student despite my poor SAT scores. I graduated in 1973 with a BFA in illustration and went straight into the greeting card factories which included a stint at Hallmark. For five years I designed cute cards, sad cards, funny cards, and wedding cards. I was not having fun; in fact I never wanted to pick up a paintbrush again.

Then I met my husband, Bob, and for the first time in many years I could step off the 9 to 5 treadmill and devote all my energy to creating a portfolio of children's book art. That was until two little baby girls were born. Then motherhood became my favorite new job

Over the years I read hundreds of books to my daughters. Inspired by the art and words, I was moved once again to finish my portfolio and take it on the road to New York. That's when I met Lucia Monfried.

The most important relationship in publishing is that of the author/illustrator and her editor. I am most lucky to have Lucia. With her gentle encouragement and wisdom she took me by the hand and helped me accomplish the impossible. In 1995 I not only illustrated my first picture book but I wrote it too. Willy and May was published to wonderful reviews and no one ever suspected my fear of semi-colons.

The great thing about my job is that one day I can be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson's Cook. The next day I'm drawing a wacky old woman for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The Grannyman. I live in a constant state of 3rd grade bliss - making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn't that what we all did as children?

Several years ago the great author Lloyd Alexander stood in my back yard admiring my daughters' Viking ship(that's another story.) Never in my wildest fantasies did I ever think that my art would inhabit his world of words. How the Cat Swallowed Thunder proves that dreams really do come true."

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