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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Seymour Public Library.

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Seymour Public Library JP KING (Text to phone) 34043099796864 Juvenile Picture Book Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0399242406
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 28 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2004.

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Summary, etc.:
Two wandering minstrels, Jack and the Dancing Cat, help Milli the shoemaker gain the self confidence she needs to express her many creative talents.
Subject: Creative ability > Fiction.
Self-confidence > Fiction.
Minstrels > Fiction.
Dance > Fiction.
Cats > Fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 0399242406
Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat
Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat
by King, Stephen Michael (Author, Illustrator)
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PreS-K. Inventive Milli makes fantastic creations from the things that others throw away. She is too shy, though, to share her flights of fancy with her neighbors, choosing instead to run a dull shoe shop. Thenack, a traveling minstrel, comes to town with his feline partner, Cat, and their music, free-spirited dancing, and friendship help give Milli the confidence to follow her imagination and produce wonderful inventions forack, Cat, and eventually the whole town. The story's message to celebrate creativity and learn to be brave and free weighs too heavily, but the simple, playful sentences have a nice sense of sound and rhythm. It's the exuberant illustrations that are the biggest attraction. In scribbly ink lines and bright watercolor washes,ing shows the giddy joy of Milli,ack, and Cat as they practice their dance moves and enjoy Milli's extraordinary inventions, which are shown in irresistible detail. Like Simms Taback's oseph Had a Little Overcoat (2000),ing's story shows the fun of finding a new purpose for old things. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0399242406
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by King, Stephen Michael (Author, Illustrator)
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PreS-Gr 3-Milli has a special gift for seeing the artful potential in ordinary, forgotten objects. She loves to "take a straight piece of wire and give it a wiggle, or a simple square of cloth and set it dancing in the wind." However, her talents are hidden as she spends her days making plain, brown shoes for the other townspeople who only want sensible things. When two traveling minstrels, Jack and the Dancing Cat, come into the woman's shop, they offer her dancing lessons in exchange for new boots. Moving her body to the "two-step," the "three-step," and the "tricky twisting backward-sliding four-step" makes Milli feel "brave and free" and gives her the courage to release her creativity. Soon she is making "curly-toed shoes covered in stars" and livening up the neighborhood with musical instruments that make "sounds that had never been heard before." King's sprightly ink-and-watercolor illustrations capture the magic of Milli's creations. A charming story that celebrates imagination and individuality.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Featuring a small gaggle of eccentric characters, this Australian picture book offers large giggles over its breezy watercolor illustrations of loopy, Seussian contraptions. "Milli could take a thing that was a nothing... and make it... a something!" Never brave enough to show her ingenious creations to other people, Milli resigns herself to making plain brown shoes in her shoe shop. Then one day she meets two wandering minstrels, Jack and Cat, who show her how to abandon her inner censor and dance. Not only do they teach her the two-step, but the three of them do "the tricky twisting backward-sliding four-step," and King's (Emily Loves to Bounce) lighthearted interior and jacket illustrations feature them cheerfully dancing in sunshine and rain with the style and verve associated with a 1950s musical. Dancing makes Milli "feel brave and free" enough to show her marvelous inventions to the world. King takes a flight of fancy with his visual depictions of what Milli invents, such as the crazy tuba-like instrument she fashions out of a telephone, lead pipes and a huge plastic flower, or the amazing cart she devises for Jack and Cat. Milli is initially worried about how the townsfolk will react to her art, but her fears, fortunately, prove unfounded. The barely disguised self-help theme doesn't dent this book's joie de vivre, which is likely to delight readers who share any of Milli's artistic leanings. Ages 4-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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