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When Catherine the Great and I Were Eight!

When Catherine the Great and I Were Eight!

Fall 2003 Story Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Cari Best
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
ISBN: 0-374-39954-9
Hardcover Price: $16.00
An oppressive day in the heat of summer is saved by the positive attitude and ultra-preparedness of Sara's Russian grandmother, aptly named Catherine the Great. Fans of Cari Best's award-winning Three Cheers for Catherine the Great will be happy to see the resourceful grandma return - and anyone who's ever endured a long drive to the shore will certainly identify with Sara and her companions. This time, as Sara, Catherine, and their neighbors eagerly head out for a swim, one delay after the next thwarts their progress. But never fear: for every problem, it's Catherine the Great to the rescue in her own special way. Giselle Potter's quirky, wry-mouthed characters are rendered in appealing watercolors, full of the baked-brick heat of the city and gradually shifting to the fresh aquas and pinks of the long-awaited beach where Sara can finally "float like a flower." The bond between generations is sweet and rings true, in part perhaps because Best was inspired by her own Russian grandmother.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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