Author, illustrator Esther Averill’s stories about Jenny the cat are sure to captivate young readers. Jenny discovers she has many hidden talents once she joins the neighborhood cat club. First, however, she must overcome her own shyness and does so in such a realistic manner that children will surely identify with her. Jenny and the other cats demonstrate friendship, generosity and good-will. Their dialogue is simple and frank, as is the writing of each of these five short stories. Averill’s illustrations complement her tales with just the right amount of detail and color. Younger children starting school may find that Jenny has much to teach them about beginning a new chapter in their life.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.