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Nellie: A Cat on Her Own

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Nellie, a cat marionette who loves to dance, finds adventure and freedom on a moonlit hilltop.
ebook, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published October 1st 1989)
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Matthew
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This being by Natalie Babbitt was my primary reason for picking it up in the first place, and it doesn't disappoint in that regard. This is exactly what you expect from the same writer that gave us Tuck Everlasting and The Eyes of the Amaryllis, highly entertaining fantasy writing with a the tone of a classic fairy tale. Nellie, the wooden cat, and Big Tom, the real cat that lives with her and befriends her, are both endearing. Nellie's story is one of discovery of the wider world. I wonder if t ...more
Eden
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nellie is a marionette cat and she loves to dance. She's happy living with the old woman and the visits from Big Tom. She learns a lot about friendship, being on her own and how the moonshine is magical.

I think Natalie Babbitt is a very good writer; even her picture books are great. It's a very nice story about a wooden cat called Nellie and I just felt it was a very hopeful story. Someone you love and care about may be gone, but you'll always have your memories of them. And just because they a
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Danielle Mootz
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
My kindergartner who is obsessed with cats (because we don't have a cat) picked this out from the school library and I was less then excited to read another cat book but this story was really unique and cute. The story is about adapting to change in the face of adversity and believing in one's self in order to do so. It's a five star for Liz and I for a handful of good reasons!
Jennifer
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gift to my son by his Godparents. Heartwarming story. The old tom cat is my favorite..."Moonshine!"
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Natalie Babbitt was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. She attended Laurel School for Girls, and then Smith College. She had 3 children and was married to Samuel Fisher Babbitt. She was the grandmother of 3 and lived in Rhode Island.
She was a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, liter
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