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Friday, January 28, 2011

Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat

I will not be sharing Anne of Green Gables to my daughter for quite some time.  Though I love the books, they will wait until she is ready for them.  As I have been participating in the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge for the second time, I personally enjoy these books, and suspect that M (now age 4) will be curious about these books that I read.  I sure hope so!
Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat

With that said, there are still ways to introduce a younger child to Lucy Maud Montgomery!  When I bought Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat I skipped the details that Amazon had included (where it was very affordable).  When Reading to Know wrote a review for Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat, I didn't read too carefully--because I wanted to read it for myself.  (I do this you know.  I skim reviews so that I can be surprised).  Boy, was I surprised when my own copy came!  Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat is a picture book!!!!

Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat tells the tale of Maud's cat, Daffy, and how he came to be and stayed with Maud.  I liked how the author, Lynn Manuel, used Maud's own journals (she wrote faithfully as an outlet) for the details of the book.   I thought the illustrations were well done, with an impressionist feel to them.  The illustrations just seem very appropriate for a book about Lucy Maud Montgomery!   I suspect all fans of LMM will enjoy this book, though it may not be a book that all children love.  (Though it's about a cat and Maud, there are no children in it, so some children may not relate as well to this book as to others.  My daughter didn't dislike it, but she didn't beg or more either.)

I enjoyed reading this book by myself, but I especially delighted in sharing it with my daughter.

This will be my last post for the 2011 reading challenge!  This year I listened to Anne of Green Gables on CD and watched the movie.  I also read Anne of Ingleside.   Last year I read Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne's House of Dreams.  (All linked to my reviews.)
L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge


Dorie said...

I had no idea a picture book like this existed! I'm gonna check the library for this title. Thanks for writing about it.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

This is one title I've never even seen! I'll be on the lookout for it for next year's challenge.

Carrie said...

I'm not sure how long I'll be able to hold out until I want to read Anne with my own daughter. You're going to have to keep reminding me to have a little patience, I think. =) I'll get too eager. But Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat is a fun place to start.

(And I'm actually kinda relieved to know you only skimmed my review. I was feeling kinda bad that you bought it without realizing it was a picture book. I couldn't remember if I had said as much in my review and so I followed the link you put here and sure enough . . .! Whew!) Anyway, I hope you and yours enjoyed it!

I'm really glad you brought it to the forefront again for this challenge. It's a good one for little girls to be aware of!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

A picture book? I didn't realize that either! I'm also looking forward to the day I can share Anne with my daughter (who is four). I found a couple of pop-up picture books at the library about Anne but didn't share them with Ellie. They still seemed a bit old for her. You can read about them at They are hard to find (even on Amazon's used books!) but maybe your local library has them.

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