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Clare Turlay Newberry (1903-1970) was born in Eugene, Oregon. She studied art at the University of Oregon, School of the Portland Art Museum, the California School of Fine Arts, and La Grand Chaumi re in Paris, France. She received the Caldecott Honor for four of her books: T-Bone, The Baby Sitter (1951); Marshmallow (1943); April's Kittens (1941); and Barkis (1939). In Ms. Newberry's own words, "Every word of marshmallow is true, even to the drawing of them wrapped in each other's arms. I know people find this hard to believe, but the bunny was so little and was so convinced that Oliver was his mother, what could Oliver do but be his mother the best way he could?" Clare Turlay Newberry (1903-1970) was born in Eugene, Oregon. She studied art at the University of Oregon, School of the Portland Art Museum, the California School of Fine Arts, and La Grand Chaumi re in Paris, France. She received the Caldecott Honor for four of her books: T-Bone, The Baby Sitter (1951); Marshmallow (1943); April's Kittens (1941); and Barkis (1939). In Ms. Newberry's own words, "Every word of marshmallow is true, even to the drawing of them wrapped in each other's arms. I know people find this hard to believe, but the bunny was so little and was so convinced that Oliver was his mother, what could Oliver do but be his mother the best way he could?"

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K-Gr 3‘This Caldecott Honor Book by Clare Turlay Newberry (McIntosh & Otis, 1940) is the sweet, touching story of six-year-old April whose cat Sheba has three kittens. Though her father insists from the beginning that they live in a one-cat apartment, April becomes very attached to the kittens and believes that she will keep all three, as well as the mother cat. As the kittens grow older her parents arrange to find homes for them. April is torn between giving up the mother or her favorite kitten, Brenda. Her parents finally realize that their apartment is too small, and April suggests they get a two-cat apartment. Barbara Caruso reads the complete text of this classic that will appeal to primary students for its simplicity. It also reinforces the theme of responsible pet ownership. Parents and teachers will find this audio version useful for individual listening, especially with the book to accompany it, for those students who can handle a longer picture book.‘Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

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