Scaredy Cat by Joan Rankin

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Scaredy Cat, a young kitten who is afraid of everything all the time, discovers that he possesses courage and bravery that he never knew he had after a confrontation with a tiny spider.

About Joan Rankin

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Joan Rankin has illustrated over twenty-five books for children. She received the South African HAUM Dann Retief Prize for children's book illustration in 1986 and the Katrina Harris Award for Children's Book Illustration in 1991. She has illustrated numerous books on the McElderry list, including "A Frog in the Bog" by Karma Wilson and "Off to First Grade" by Louise Borden. Ms. Rankin lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband and three daughters.
Published October 1, 1996 by Margaret K. McElderry. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the kitten mistakes the dog's nose for an ``eensie-weensie'' spider and takes a swing at Scratchpooch, ``Kapow!'' and this scaredy cat is transformed into Tiger Cat: ``WOW!/are eensie-weensie spiders/scared of me!'' The upbeat message--that courage may be only a matter of perspective--...

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Both visually and verbally, Rankin's (The Little Cat and the Greedy Old Woman) work calls to mind Gahan Wilson-she shares his genius for conveying and mollifying the free-floating nature of childhood anxiety.

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