Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat by Jennifer Armstrong

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The proud and haughty widow Chin Yu Min finds happiness and humility through her friendship with a mysterious ginger cat in an original, moving and beautifully told story of Chinese culture. Dramatic, arresting, and richly colored pastel illustrations. Full color.
 

About Jennifer Armstrong

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Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books, both historical fiction and nonfiction. Two of her picture books, "Hugh Can Do" and "Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat, " are ALA Notable Books. Her first novel "Steal Away, " was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Book, and a Golden Kite Honor Book, and her novel, "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan" is a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book. In 1999 her nonfiction account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914 voyage, "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance, " was awarded the Orbus Pictus as well as a Boston Globe-Horn Book honor. She lives in New York State. Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College. Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.
 
Published February 16, 1993 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Reduced to penury, the conceited widow of a Chinese official adopts an elegant cat that can catch fish with his tail.

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Praising the ""nimble, polished prose and elegant cinnamon-toned paintings"" that ""distinguish this pungent Chinese folktale,"" PW starred this retelling of the tale of a newly impoverished, haughty widow and the cat that brings about her change of heart.

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Newly widowed (and newly impoverished) Chin Yu Min is nearly done in by her own haughtiness after she spurns the kindness of her neighbors: ``Coin by square-holed-coin, her strings of cash flowed away like streams from a fishpond.'' Encountering a cat expertly catching fish with a graceful flick ...

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