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The Cats in the Doll Shop (The Doll Shop #2)

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A charming, nostalgic story, perfect for gift giving

When Anna sees a family of stray cats behind her parents' doll shop, she knows she must rescue them. But her papa's rules are strict: No pets allowed. Meanwhile, Anna's cousin Tania is coming from Russia to stay with Anna's family. Anna can't wait for her to arrive and become her new best friend. But when Tania moves in,
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Puffin Books (first published November 10th 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Mar 05, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7-10 year old girls who love cats & dolls, fans of historical fiction &/or stories about immigrants
I loved the first book, The Doll Shop Downstairs, and this is just as charming, and it got me to upgrade the first book from 4 to 5 stars. This book is a wonderful sequel. I’m really glad the story continued. Even though this book could work fine as a standalone book I strongly suggest readers read the first book first.

The wonderful, Anna, the narrator, now 11, and her sisters, her cousin, her parents, her friends, the couple who work for the family’s doll business, and two special cats make for
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Kathryn
A thoroughly delightful and worthy sequel to the wonderful The Doll Shop Downstairs. I loved this warm-hearted, thoughtful little book.

World War I continues and Anna's extended family in Russia are feeling the pangs. Mama's sister has to take a job as a maid in a fancy home in Moscow, but there is no room for her daughter so Tania makes "the crossing" to America to stay with Anna and her family. Anna is delighted at Tania's arrival for Tania is exactly Anna's age and won't be too baby-ish (like
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Margo Tanenbaum
I have a soft spot for both animal stories and doll stories, so I was eager to read Yona Zeldis McDonough's newest book, The Cats in the Doll Shop. While this book is a sequel to her earlier novel, The Doll Shop Downstairs, it can easily be read without having read the first book.

Set in 1915, a few years after the first story, this book returns to the cozy world of the Breittlemann family, who live upstairs from their small doll factory which supplies to New York's legendary toy store FAO Schwa
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Tasha
Nov 16, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
I was a big fan of The Doll Shop Downstairs when it came out in 2009. Here in the sequel, Anna is two years older at age 11. She and her family still live above the doll shop, but their work has changed from that of a doll hospital to building their own dolls. Anna finds a pregnant cat behind their house and wants to adopt it, but her father insists that they do not need a cat inside. So Anna and her sisters give the cat food. Anna is also looking forward to the arrival of her cousin from Russia ...more
Barbara
Jan 05, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bullies, animals
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Peacegal
Young fans of the American Girl series will be charmed by The Cats in the Doll Shop. The story, set in WWI-era New York, not only introduces youngsters to a potentially unfamiliar historical era, it also imparts humane values and compassion.

The author’s writing is capable enough that she can sustain the attention of child and adult readers alike. I was surprised to find myself not wanting to put this book down after frightened and withdrawn cousin Tania arrives from Russia. Among the humane educ
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs was every bit as delightful as the first book. Anna and her family now make dolls for F.A.O. Schwartz rather than repair them. The three sisters are now a year older. What I liked so much about the story, aside from the wonderful setting and characters, were the two story threads--the welfare of a mother cat and her crippled kitten, and the coming of their cousin Tania from Russia. One of the themes in the book is acceptance. Papa must learn to accept the ...more
Kathy
Dec 20, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
I loved dolls and cats as a child. This was a perfect story for me.
Joy
This is a lovely little book. Having not read the previous book set in the doll shop the characters were new to me, but I was immediately drawn into the Breittlemann's world. It's a wonderful glimpse into the life a Jewish family during the early twentieth century in New York.

As the book begins, the family is expecting their cousin Tania from Russia. She doesn't speak any English and is being sent to her extended family in New York for a chance at an education and a better life. At the same time
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Hilary


I would actually give this book a 4.5! I loved this little book. I thought it might be trite, or too girly for some (although I have to say I love girly books) but the message of the book was truly heartwarming. This is the second book in the series, but it could be read on its own.

Anna, Sophie, and Trudie live in the early 1900's in New York. In this second book, we find the three sisters happy in their lives as daughters of two fairly prosperous doll shop owners. However, when Anna (who narra
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Susan
Dec 23, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't review books for children. Not, that I am saying I don't enjoy it. But the chance never came about, till the publisher of The Cats in the Doll Shop asked. I am glad she did. I enjoyed reading this chapter book.

This is a story about a Jewish, little girl, named Anna, and her two sisters. They live above a doll shop that her parents own. One day, her parents tell her, her cousin from Russia will be coming to live with them.

In the mean time, Anna spies a neighbor, harming a mother cat, and
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Brenda
Apr 26, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Doll Shop has continued doing a good business. Their Nurse Nora dolls are sold at F.A.O. Schwartz and other toy store too. The war continues and letters from the "old country" come more frequently. Sometimes they seem happy news but not always. It seems that Tania, Anna cousin - born on the exact same day in the exact same year - is making the crossing. She is going to come and live with them. She is leaving her mother and her country behind to stay with Anna's family until her mother can sa ...more
Danielle
In a family of three girls the news of an addition to the family comes with mixed feelings. When Anna discovers her new cousin Tania is coming from Russia to spend the year with their family she’s thrilled, though their shared age seems to be the only similarity as of yet. Anna’s sisters find Tania’s quietness and the food she hides odd and instantly dislike her, but Anna quickly accepts her by offering her a new doll she created specifically for Tania. With the addition of Tania the last thing ...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough is a fictional children's book aimed at the younger crowd. This book is a sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs.

Anna, whose family owns a doll shop, discovered a cat in the yard behind the store, what made it even more exciting is that the cat is about to have kittens.

Meanwhile, the whole family is looking towards meeting their cousin, Tania, who is coming from Russia while her mother stays behind to work. Anna is excited because Tania is the same
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Mark Soone
Feb 15, 2012 Mark Soone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on goodreads (Thanks Yona!), but that in no way affected my rating or review of this book!

My 7 y/o daughter and I really enjoyed this story, as well as the opportunity to spend time with just the 2 of us! We would read this at night doing a chapter at a time, with us rotating page by page. My daughter sarah would laugh everytime there was a picture on my page and I would have to forefit my right to read next...In turn I would do the same to her! I would probably say this better s
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Linda Bernstein
Feb 25, 2012 Linda Bernstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is from my review of 11/5/11 on my website http://generationbsquared.com/the-cat...

Yes, I know. Two children’s books in a row. Not my usual fare. But bear with me a moment. Baby Boomers read children’s books because 1) there are children in our lives and/or 2) good children’s books are always fun. In that vein, let me introduce The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough (illustrated by Heather Maione, Viking, November 10, 2011), a really good book. I won’t give too many spoilers bec
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Tracie
Jan 12, 2012 Tracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elem, historical
Three young girls whose parents own a doll shop in NYC, befriend a stray mother cat and her kitten. Meanwhile, they try to understand and help their cousin, Tania, who has been sent here from Russia to stay with the family until her mother can earn her own passage to America. Very sweet little story, second in a series.
Candy
Jul 26, 2012 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this for my granddaughter who is turning 7. She has read the first book about the Doll Shop Downstairs. I liked this one even better than the first, so I am anxious to see what she thinks. We both love cats, so I bet she will like this book.
L. Swan
Mar 26, 2013 L. Swan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book for cat lovers! I love cats I dont want to give away any secrets so I would give this book one million stars!!!!!!!:) I love this book SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah
Mar 17, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, childrens
Wonderful! Like a cross between The Cobble Street Cousins and All-of-a-Kind Family
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jori
Jan 22, 2012 jori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story for the recommended age group 8 - 11. Great message about rescuing animals (a subject near to my heart!) and learning about different people and cultures as well.
Julie
Jul 21, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Molly Cline
4 star

I checked this book out due to really enjoying this author's books. I wasn't disappointed! And got a bonus at the end when she wrote a 'note from the author' and said that this book was based upon a life event from her and her husband's life. So special that she incorporated that event into one of her special children's book.

My summary doesn't do this book justice but I'll try; but believe me although this is a children's book you won't regret reading it. Especially if you enjoy real life
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Rosa Cline
4 star

I checked this book out due to really enjoying this author's books. I wasn't disappointed! And got a bonus at the end when she wrote a 'note from the author' and said that this book was based upon a life event from her and her husband's life. So special that she incorporated that event into one of her special children's book.

My summary doesn't do this book justice but I'll try; but believe me although this is a children's book you won't regret reading it. Especially if you enjoy real life
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Rosa Cline
Apr 06, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I checked this book out due to really enjoying this author's books. I wasn't disappointed! And got a bonus at the end when she wrote a 'note from the author' and said that this book was based upon a life event from her and her husband's life. So special that she incorporated that event into one of her special children's book.

My summary doesn't do this book justice but I'll try; but believe me although this is a children's book you won't regret reading it. Especially if you enjoy real life based
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Audra Costello
This is the sequel to The Dollshop Downstairs. I gave it three stars instead of four because an incident resulting in dead kittens was a really upsetting surprise as I read this as a bedtime story to my eight year old daughter. Overall, it was a good story, but the part where the mean neighbor sweeps newborn kittens off his second story balcony was not something I wanted to process through with an upset little girl at bedtime.
Denise Spicer
Cute story of little girls who rescue a couple of stray kitties. Set in New York City in 1915 it portrays daily life of immigrant shopkeepers with descriptions of work in their home doll factory. Not particularly historically accurate but the charming black and white illustrations (by Heather Maione) and heartwarming cat rescue are what makes this book worth reading.
Carol
It is a charming children's book, and I liked that it did not shy away from bad things that happen in life. Though I am not sure that kids did happy dances (well maybe they did, but was that term used in the early 1900s?)
Jami
Nov 26, 2015 Jami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This small book packs numerous issues - immigration, transitioning to adulthood, animal cruelty. The girls' cousin Tania is immigrating from Russia as her mother cannot afford to take care of her. She does not speak English and has endured hardships that make adjusting to her new life difficult. At the same time a mother cat has kittens on the terrace of a neighboring building. The owner of the apartment does not want the cats and tries to get rid of them. The book does not pull any punches but ...more
Diane
Feb 19, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, winter-13
This is an adorable children's book! A perfect read-aloud or gift for any little girly girl in your life. (From age 5-10ish) The family in the book is Jewish (the author uses Hebrew words in the dialogue and talks about celebrating Passover, Chanukah, going to shul...etc. but not excessively)

Apparently it's book #2, but I read it not knowing that and I was perfectly fine. I didn't feel as if I missed anything. In fact, it makes me want to find book #1.

Just overall, a great book, that deals with
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I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn and many of my novels take place here. But my new novel takes place in New Hampshire, and I have woven into it a historical component: the tragic story of Ruth Blay, who in 1768 was the last woman hanged in the state. When I read about Ruth, I was fascinated and horrified in equal measure, and I knew I had to write about her.
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