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Violet Comes to Stay (Mitford for Children, Book 1) [Hardcover]

By Jan Karon (Author), Melanie Cecka (Author) & Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
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Item description for Violet Comes to Stay (Mitford for Children, Book 1) by Jan Karon, Melanie Cecka & Emily Arnold McCully...

Violet, a little white cat, tries out several homes--a plant nursery, a bakery, and a bookstore--before she finds just the right one, in this charming new series inspired by Father Tim's wife from the author's bestselling Mitford Years series.

Publishers Description
"Violet Comes to Stay" is the first in a series of storybooks inspired by Cynthia Coppersmith, Father Tim's wife from Jan Karon's bestselling Mitford Years series. Jan Karon's legions of fans will love this timeless story about the endearing white kitten named Violet, charmingly written by Melanie Cecka and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning artist Emily Arnold McCully. Ms. Karon searched for three years to find a storytelling voice and art style authentic to Cynthia Coppersmith. She was personally involved in every step of the creation of this book.

In "Violet Comes to Stay, " Violet's search for the perfect home leads her to a plant nursery, a bakery, and finally a bookstore--the one place where the gentle cat isn't expected to be a mouse hunter.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Violet Comes to Stay (Mitford for Children, Book 1) by Jan Karon, Melanie Cecka & Emily Arnold McCully has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2007 page 20
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 09/15/2006 page 957
  • School Library Journal - 11/01/2006 page 98
  • Booklist - 11/15/2006 page 52
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 11/20/2006 page 61

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Viking Juvenile
Pages   36
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.75" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Grade Level  Pre School  
Age  3
ISBN  0670060739  
ISBN13  9780670060733  

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More About Jan Karon, Melanie Cecka & Emily Arnold McCully

Jan Karon Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina. Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She penned her first novel when she was just 10 years old, the same year she won a shirt-story contest organized by the local highschool.

Karon married as a teenager and hand a daughter, Candace. At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for a Charlotte, N.C. advertising agency. She advanced in the company after leaving samples of her writing on the desk of her boss, who eventually noticed her talent. Karon went on to have a highly successful career in the field, winning awards for ad agencies from Charlotte to San Francisco. In time, she became a creative vice president at the high-profile McKinney & Silver, in Raleigh. Wile there she won the prestigious Stephen Kelly Award, with which the Magazine Publishers of America honor the year's best print campaign.

During her hears in advertising, Karon kept alive her childhood ambition to be an author. At the age of 50 she left her career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to pursue that dream. After struggling - and failing - to get a novel underway, Karon awoke one night with a mental image of an Episcopal priest walking down a village street. She grew curious about him, and started writing. Soon, Karon was publishing weekly installments about Father Tim in her local newspaper, the The Blowing Rocket, which saw its circulation double as a result. "It certainly worked for Mr. Dickens", says Karon.

The Father Tim stories became Karon's first Mitford novel, At Home in Mitford. The book has since been nominated three times for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book Of the Year Award), which honors titles that bookstore owners most enjoy recommending to customers. The fourth Mitford novel, A New Song, won both the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction in 2000. A Common Life, In This Mountain, and Shepherd's Abiding have also won Gold Medallion awards. Out to Canaan was the first Mitford novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list, subsequent novels have debuted on the New York Times list, often landing the #1 spot.

Karon says her character-driven work seeks to give readers a large, extended family they can call their own.

Jan Karon currently resides in Blowing Rock, in the state of North Carolina. Jan Karon was born in 1937.

Jan Karon has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Father Tim Novels (Paperback)
  2. Mitford Years
  3. Picture Puffin Books

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Cats > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Pets > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( M ) > McCully, Emily Arnold
6Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > Picture Books
7Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 0-3
8Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 4-8
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Reviews - What do customers think about Violet Comes to Stay (Mitford for Children, Book 1)?

A warm hug  Mar 29, 2007
Loved it. Grab your favorite cup of tea and give yourself permission to read it with your inner child.
A Cat for All People  Mar 13, 2007
The feline Violet of the Mitford series comes to life in this wonderful children's book. It's illustrations are so wonderful. Maybe others of my generation will rejoice in the fond memories which the water colors then highlighted with pin and ink provide from elementary school reading books.

The story is gripping one of a cat that is not so into being like the rest of his siblings, not into mice catching. But God has a special place planned out.

Well done story with great applications for the young reader to be exposed to. Could become classic? For you and your children, if not all of God's kids! Enjoy!
Very sweet book for all ages  Mar 1, 2007
Violet Comes To Stay is a sweet, beautifully illustrated story about a kitten who can't seem to find her place in the world. She is adopted by owners who want her for jobs that she just can't seem to perform to their satisfaction, and time and time again is brought back to her old home where her mother gives comfort and advice.

The ending brought me to tears and made me want a fluffy white kitten of my own. Highly recommended for cat lovers, lovers of touching stories, or anyone in need of an encouraging word.
Exquisite and Touching......  Jan 14, 2007
For young and old readers... darling story, Exquisite illustrations touches your heart strings and they will sing to your and pet lovers alike... Enjoy..... one and all......
Charming Companion to Mitford stories  Jan 11, 2007
those who know and love Father Tim and his stories of Mitford will enjoy this companion piece. This book brings substance to Violet, the white cat that Tim's beloved wife wrote about in her vocation as writer/artist. It is one more "hole" filled in to flesh out the lives and loves of those beloved characters of the Jan Karon series. Read this lovely story to your kids and infuse them with the mystique of Mitford. Violet Comes to Stay should help another generation grow to know and love Mitford. It stays true to the history readers will know of the town of many characters, and goes right along with other companion tales. Enjoy!

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