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A Cat on Her Own

Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



From the bestselling and award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting comes Natalie Babbitt's loveable cat story for kids.

Nellie, a cat marionette who loves to dance, finds adventure and freedom on a moonlit hilltop. Children will delight in turning the pages of this stunning picture book, again and again.


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...

Praise for Nellie

“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

Artist and writer Natalie Babbitt (1932–2016) is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting and many other brilliantly original books for young people. As the mother of three small children, she began her career in 1966 by illustrating The Forty-Ninth Magician, written by her husband, Samuel Babbitt. She soon tried her own hand at writing, publishing two picture books in verse. Her first novel, TheSearch for Delicious, was published in 1969 and established her reputation for creating magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned Babbitt a Newbery Honor in 1971, and she went on to write—and often illustrate—many more picture books, story collections,and novels. She also illustrated the five volumes in the Small Poems series by Valerie Worth. In 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture, and in 2016 a musical version premiered on Broadway. Born and raised in Ohio, Natalie Babbitt lived her adult life in the Northeast.

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Natalie Babbitt

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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