A Present for Mrs. Kazinski

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Orca Book Publishers, Jan 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Mrs. Kazinski, the old woman who lives in the attic of the old Grant Street rooming house, turns eighty on Sunday. Frank, who lives with his mother in the back rooms on the main floor, is her friend. He wants to give her the best present in the world. But what could that be? He asks all the motley residents in the house and they do have good ideas, but in the end the local cat is the most help of all. On Mrs. Kazinski's birthday, Frank carries a kitten up the stairs, but his true gift is something even more precious.

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Marilynn Reynolds lived at 693 Griffith Street in the mining town of Sudbury, Ontario, until 1947, when, just after her seventh birthday, her parents separated and she and her mother moved away. They left in the summer and she never had a chance to say goodbye. Now, through her character, John, she has imagined a better leave-taking. For the purposes of her story, she moved Griffith Street to a fictional location. Marilynn is the awardwinning author of many popular books including The Name of the Child (Orca, 2002). She lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.

Born in 1942, Lynn Smith-Ary grew up in New York City. In 1975, Lynn moved to Montreal when she was invited to work at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

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