The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup by Terry Farish
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With down-home language that’s a joy to read aloud, Terry Farish tells a wry, unconventional love story about an unlikely pair of curmudgeons - brought to life in glowing illustrations by Barry Root.

The cat was fond of the man’s potato soup,
which made him love her a breath more,
but not so’s you’d notice.

There was an old man, an ol’ Texas boy, who lived on a road called Chatterpie with an uppity old cat - a cat who’d rather eat potato soup than catch blackbirds. A cat who liked to go fishing and sit on the bow of the old man’s boat, her face into the wind, like she was a hood ornament. "Fool cat," the old man would say. "You ain’t nobody’s prize." Then one day something unexpected happens, and they both learn that even the most cantankerous love can inspire acts of heroic proportions - but not, of course, so’s you’d notice.

About Terry Farish

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Terry Farish is the author of several young adult novels. She says of THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP, "This story began in the kitchen of our old-timer neighbor, Jimmy Fowler. My daughter and I were visiting with him there, gossiping about some village cat or other. Jimmy didn’t have a cat, but he said if we got one, wouldn’t we name it after him? And we did . We got a cat and named her Jimmy." Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children. He says, "I’ve always been pro-cat, although our house is divided on the subject. To appreciate a cat requires a certain amount of abstraction, I think - and a sense of humor." Barry Root lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife (the illustrator Kimberly Bulcken Root), their three children, and a couple of useless dogs.
Published May 1, 2003 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Farish (Talking in Animal) and Root (Nobody's Dog) prove a dynamic team in this endearing tale of "an old man, an ol' Texas boy,/ country-raised, don't you know" living alone with a cat "who he liked,/ but not so's you'd notice."

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The old man grumbles about the cat, and the cat acts aloof as cats are prone to do.

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