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Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Camping Holiday (Orlando the Marmalade Cat)

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The first book about Orlando, the famous marmalade cat.

This is the first book about Orlando, the famous marmalade cat whose "eyes reminded you of twin green gooseberries." He and Grace, his beautiful Tabby wife, have three kittens - Tortoiseshell Pansy, White Blanche and Coal Black Tinkle. In this first story Orlando and his family go off for a camping holiday where the
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 25th 2003 by Frederick Warne (first published 1938)
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Hilary Woolf
Aug 30, 2016 Hilary Woolf rated it it was amazing
Orlando is a beautiful ginger cat who lives with his wife and three kittens. Their thoughtful owner buys them a tent so they can go on a camping holiday. We loved the fact they lived in a world inhabited by humans but they still had their own car. We loved the part where they packed for the holiday and included items that you wouldn't take on holiday in real life but would be lovely if you could, such as a pedal harp!

The illustrations are exquisite. Beautiful soft pencil drawings using complimen
Dec 01, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
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I was quite smitten by this gigantically big picturebook with its fifties feel (good, since that was when it was written). I love the silly maps and the goofy cats "Blanche dried herself and Tinkle licked the butter when nobody was looking" and the farmer's wife warning the farmer not to smoke or "you will set the rick on fire". Marmalade sprays the tent with insecticide, great spooky owls haunt the night hunting bugs, the kittens play ball with caterpillars "they might have eaten...but more out ...more
This is the first Orlando book and introduces the family of Orlando The Marmalade Cat, his wife Grace and their 3 kittens. Hale based many details of the Orlando stories and wonderful illustrations on her own family and her friends. In this book, the family goes camping and the period details are pretty funny. I was so surprised when Orlando sprays in the inside of the tent with one of those pump insecticide sprayers I remember from my grandfather's house! And those were the days when you went c ...more
Clare Neale
May 07, 2015 Clare Neale rated it really liked it
I was introduced to the 'Orlando the Marmalade Cat' books when babysitting one evening and was immediately taken by the beautifully large book, with its classic illustrations and lovely story. Through illustrations on each page and a charming story, the books tells of a farm cat and his family who go on holiday. While the story is simple, the writing is detailed and could be used within the classroom to encourage extended reading through sentence structure and the use of adjectives 'thinking dee ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Neb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
These classics, written in the early 20th century, are must-own for lovers of children's books (and cats). Orlando is so much like my oldest orange tabby, Eric, that I would have named him "Orlando" had I read these books first. Charming illustrations, large format for easy sharing with little ones, and stories with good messages. Top drawer stuff.
Feb 23, 2008 Danny rated it liked it
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I read this over and over as a child in England.
Out of print.
Sep 12, 2013 Tammy rated it it was ok
Meh. Just an okay story. Lots of details in the illustrations.
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Kathleen Hale was born in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire and was brought up in a suburb of Manchester. Her childhood was far from idyllic: her father died when she was very young and she was forced to endure long periods of separation from her mother. This, along with the frustrations of an unexpressed artistic talent, produced a rebellious reaction in the young girl's naturally ebullient nature. ...more
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