Jenny Goes to Sea

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New York Review of Books, 1957 - Juvenile Fiction - 126 pages
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In Jenny Goes to Sea, our heroine makes her passage on the good ship Sea Queen with her master, Captain Tinker, and her adopted brothers, tiger cat Edward, and black-and-white cat Checkers. Once on board, they meet the adventurous ship's cat, Jack Tar.

Leaving New York's harbor, the friends travel to Africa and Asia, and return through the Panama Canal. At each port they meet a colorful local cat who shows them around. Jenny and her pals have their fortunes told by an Abyssinian cat in Zanzibar; dance the sailor's hornpipe with Bobo the Burmese, another ship's cat who was left behind, in Singapore; and float with Siamese cat Dara in a sampan boat on a Bangkok river--a truly exotic adventure.

Ages 6 & up

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

Shy Jenny Linksy - the red-scarved Greenwich Village cat - and her two brothers Checkers and Edward embark on an extended sea voyage with their human, Captain Tinker. Soon fast friends with Jack Tar ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fans who have followed the adventures of Jenny the cat should like this tale of feline foibles and fortitude. Aboard the Jenny, with her buddies, Checkers and Edward, now follows her fortune to the ... Read full review

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Ready for the Sea
The Ships Cat
South Africa
Fortunes Told in the Old Bazaar
On Their Way to the East
All Ashore in Singapore
Storm in the Gulf of Siam
Checkers Slips Away
Jenny Holds the Ship
Hammocks for All
Edward Writes a Poem
Home from the Sea

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About the author (1957)

Esther Averill (1902-1992) began her career as a storyteller drawing cartoons for her local newspaper. After graduating from Vassar College in 1923, she moved first to New York City and then to Paris, where she founded her own publishing company. The Domino Press introduced American readers to artists from all over the world, including Feodor Rojankovsky, who later won a Caldecott Award. In 1941, Esther Averill returned to the United States and found a job in the New York Public Library while continuing her work as a publisher. She wrote her first book about the red-scarfed, mild-mannered cat Jenny Linsky in 1944, modeling its heroine on her own shy cat. Esther Averill would eventually write twelve more tales about Miss Linsky and her friends (including the I Can Read Book, The Fire Cat), each of which was eagerly awaited by children all over the United States (and their parents, too).

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