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Boris (Paperback)

Author:  Cynthia Rylant
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0152058095
ISBN-13: 9780152058098
Sku: 202490475
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 5L x 0.25T
Pages:  74
Age Range:  18 to UP
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From the Newbery Medalist comes a thoughtful, powerful collection of poems about a cat named Boris that explores love, compassion, and the continuous give-and-take of companionship.
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Boris is a big gray cat who loves sleeping and playing and exploring and hunting. And his owner loves him for all of his simple cat ways. But Boris, typical as he may be, is part of a much larger story in this moving exploration of love, longing, compassion, and most of all, the continuous give-and-take of true friendship.|     Newbery medalist Cynthia Rylant's powerful collection of poems will resonate in the hearts of readers of all ages.
The subject of a series of introspective, admiring poems--almost little Valentines--is Boris, a tough, grey cat who was adopted on a whim. After "it didn't take long for the half-dead mice to start swooning all over the patio," Boris's former name, Hunter, began to make sense. Though worries about hunting eagles and roaming packs of dogs surfaced, Boris proved to be quite resilient, a born survivor. However, while he does get on with the family dogs and even mentors the kitten next door, Boris is also a wild thing, beating up cats, disappearing for days, and ransacking a house down the road. The many moods of Boris are fascinating, and there is a wealth of love for him at home, where he enjoys curling up on a footstool, watching videos of birds.
Author Bio
Cynthia Rylant
Multifaceted author Cynthia Rylant is the creator of picture books, poetry, short stories, and novels. Raised primarily in West Virginia by both her mother and her maternal grandparents, Rylant had a rustic but happy childhood. Her first book, WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS, is a reflection of her childhood and was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Her 1985 work, THE RELATIVES CAME, also received that honor. In addition to these picture books, Rylant is well known for her easy-reader series that focuses on the adventures of a boy named Henry and his lovable dog, Mudge. Her young adult novel A FINE WHITE DUST was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1987.


Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This isn't about being a pet owner so much as it is about one individual exploring life, relationships, and the passing of years, and adults are likely to get as much...out of the reflections...." 04/01/2005

Kirkus Reviews
"With characteristic sensitivity, Rylant addresses one of her cats in a set of conversational free-verse poems...." 03/15/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0074
Product attributePublisher:   Harcourt Paperbacks
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