Nellie

A Cat on Her Own

Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Nellie, a cat marionette who loves to dance, finds adventure and freedom on a moonlit hilltop.

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  Nellie
There was a little marionette once, named Nellie, who hung from a comfortable peg in the cottage of a clever old woman.The old woman had made Nellie from wood and yarn and broom straws, and every afternoon would take her down from her peg, wind up the music box, and pull her strings to make her leap and dip and spin, just like a dancer on a stage.There was a real cat living in the cottage, too. The old woman called him Big Tom. But he didn’t belong to her, as Nellie did. He belonged only to himself. Still, he liked a warm fire and a bowl of milk, and so he stayed.

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"Babbitt's illustrations are as carefully wrought and as flowing as her prose in this charmingly cozy story about friendship and independence." --School Library Journal

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Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt’s novels are inspired by a brilliance and imagination that is completely original. She began her career in 1966 with the publication of a picture book, The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with a more profound meaning embedded within them. Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, but it is Tuck Everlasting which has insured Babbitt’s place in the history of children’s literature. This modern classic, which has also been made recently into a major motion picture starring Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, and Sissy Spacek, asks an enduring and powerful question: If we could live forever, would we want to?

Babbitt has written six more novels including The Eyes of the Amaryllis and Goody Hall—each one presenting her unique vision of an enchanted world. Her latest novel, Jack Plank Tells Tales, was published in Spring 2007.   

Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three. When asked what she wants readers to remember about her books, she replied, “the questions without answers.”

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Nellie
A Cat on Her Own
Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429955492
ISBN10: 142995549X
eBook Picture Book32 pages
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$7.99
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