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Dolores Meets Her Match

Dolores Meets Her Match

Fall 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Barbara Samuels
Illustrator: Barbara Samuels
ISBN: 978-0-374-31758-4
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Dolores is her school’s resident cat expert, thanks to her beloved fat-cat, Duncan. Every show-and-tell, Dolores relates Duncan’s latest greatest feats - saving her from a waterbug, keeping her feet warm at night, and even eating yucky food so Dolores won’t have to. All is well in Dolores’s feline-centered world, until a new girl joins the class. Hillary quickly establishes herself as the new go-to on cat matters, and suddenly everyone wants to hear about her amazing pedigreed Siamese, Harold. To make matters worse, the school is planning a special Pet Day show. Despite advice to just "let Duncan be Duncan," Dolores is upset - how can Duncan compete with a cat who "had seven different ways of saying meow"? Author-illustrator Barbara Samuels accurately captures a child’s feelings of rivalry, and also sees the inherent humor in the situation. Her vivid illustrations are full of personality, especially where the animals are concerned. This is a fun book to share with young cat-lovers, or any child who’s feeling a bit of competition.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2007 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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