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The Church Cat Abroad by Graham Oakley
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Sep 24, 2010

really liked it

“The Church Cat Abroad” is about a cat and his friends who happen to be mice. Sampson, the cat, and his friends live in a church rectory that has a roof that leaks terribly. A fundraising sign has been posted by them, but the money is coming in to slow. Sampson and two of the mice decide there must be a quicker way to raise the money they need. They decide that if Sampson was in a commercial they would have enough money to fix the roof. So Sampson and his friends go to an island to do a cat food commercial. Sampson is not a very good actor and the director is so disgusted with him that he leaves him and his friends on the island. The three friends aren’t on the island more than a few days before a scientist looking for rare animals comes to explore the island. The head scientist is not interested in the cat and mice at first; they are not rare, so the three paint themselves different colors to make themselves rarer. The scientific explorers take the animals back to England and to a zoo, where the three escape again and finally make it home. They are so happy to be home they no longer care that the roof leaks. The story brings the opportunity for a teacher to ask bout the children’s own homes and what they like best about them.

*Although this book (wonderful as it is) did not receive an award, this author has written several books which have received awards, such as:

1976 Kate Greenaway Medal The Church Mice Adrift

1977 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book The Church Mice Adrift

1980 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award special citation Graham Oakley's Magical Changes

1980 American Library Association notable book citation Graham Oakley's Magical Changes

1982 Kate Greenaway Medal nomination The Church Mice in Action

1982 Kurt Maschler Award runner up The Church Mice in Action
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