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Pounce de Leon
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Pounce de Leon, a mischievous, loving cat, adopts Mrs. Florida Brown as his constant companion. Pounce's job is to look after the aging Mrs. Brown. If her knuckles ache, he lets her pat him for a good long time. When her tummy acts up, he sits on her until she feels better. And if she's lonely at night, he lets her curl up right there beside him. Most of all, Pounce is fascinated by the view from the jumbled house into the jungle-like garden filled with overgrown plants and trees. When Mrs. Brown speaks of a mysterious, beautiful girl and a lost fountain of youth, Pounce sets out on a quest to find it for his loving owner. In this delightfully whimsical story, the award-winning Tim Wynne-Jones, author of the classic Zoom series, takes us on a cat's journey of discovery and adventure. Mexican painter Alfredo Tapia's art beautifully conveys the lush world of the garden where Pounce de Leon might just find the means to rejuvenate Mrs. Florida Brown and rekindle her zest for life.
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Tim Wynne-Jones was born in England, grew up in British Columbia and Ontario, and studied at the University of Waterloo and York University. His writing career began when he won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award for Odd's End. Since then he has written dozens of books, numerous radio dramas, a children's musical, an opera libretto, short stories and songs for television's Fraggle Rock. He has received the Governor General's Award, the Horn Book Award, The Vicky Metcalf Award and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award, among others. Tim and wife, Amanda Lewis, reside outside Perth, Ontario. Alfredo Tapia is a leading talent among a group of artists from Guerrero, Mexico, whose work is distinguished by its realistic and detailed portrayal of the beautiful people, land and sea of the coastal fishing town of Zihuatanejo. His works are displayed at El Museo Arqueologio de la Costa Grande and the prestigious Galeria Galart.

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Quill & Quire: ...Tim Wynne-Jones s newest, Pounce de Leon, features a cat in the role of explorer-hero. ... Pounce moves in with Florida Brown, a lonely older woman in desperate need of companionship and invigoration. In order to restore his adopted owner s vitality, he decides to seek out the fountain of youth depicted in a photograph hanging over her mantel. It s not a typical set-up for a kids story, but it works through the manipulation of tone and perspective, Wynne-Jones creates a strongly defined world. As a secondary benefit, the story references the actual explorations of Juan Ponce de Leon, best known for his legendary quest to find the mystical fountain of youth. ... Mexican artist and illustrator Alfredo Tapia s dark and impressionistic pictures communicate Florida Brown s move from a dark and isolated world to one more animated. Review: The Globe & Mail Pounce has never seen a fountain of youth in Mrs. B s dark, sepulchral house a wonderfully atmospheric gloom has been conjured up in oils by Alfredo Tapia...Kudos to Tim Wynne-Jones for a perfectly plotted picture book that also plays with the Ponce de Leon myth in a most enjoyable way. "

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