Blue Ethel
Ethel is old, she is fat, she is black, and she is white. She is also a cat who is very set in her ways...until the day she turns blue!

Blue Ethel Details

TitleBlue Ethel
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 30th, 2017
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN0374303827
ISBN-139780374303822
Number of pages40 pages
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Cats

Blue Ethel Review

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    May 15, 2017
    Blue Ethel, written and gloriously illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, is a sweetly surprising story about an old black and white cat who experiences changes while out on her day-to-day activities. One of the most unusually drawn, vivid and adorable (huggable) cats I have seen recently in picture books, Ethel is a creature of habit. As we learn, Ethel does the same few things every day: she looks out over the land (from her spot on the porch); closely watches the weather and clouds (from a Blue Ethel, written and gloriously illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, is a sweetly surprising story about an old black and white cat who experiences changes while out on her day-to-day activities. One of the most unusually drawn, vivid and adorable (huggable) cats I have seen recently in picture books, Ethel is a creature of habit. As we learn, Ethel does the same few things every day: she looks out over the land (from her spot on the porch); closely watches the weather and clouds (from a lovely grassy hill); and goes after nefarious creatures (look out for the ants!). One thing that Ethel also loves to do is explore the sidewalk and roll around on it before falling asleep. But one day, Ethel rolls down the covered-with-colourful-chalk-drawings sidewalk and turns the colour blue! Ethel, of course, cannot see that she now looks different- different from her usual self and quite different from the other cats in her neighborhood. Ethel finds her mood turning to match her new blue colour as the other cats whisper about her new, funny colour. Luckily, a brave little white cat named Fluffy comes to Ethel's rescue with an idea of how they can be happy and colourful together.Blue Ethel is a story that emphasizes acceptance, friendship, kindness and empathy; the turns of humour, quiet bursts of quirk and the illustrations make the story so lively and one that kids (and cat lovers!) might especially clamor for. Jennifer Black Reinhardt does such a wonderful job here with the full-page dynamic illustrations and straightforward storyline and text that makes just the right use of repetition. I have had the pleasure of reading this story aloud with my daughter- who is quite obsessed with Ethel and Fluffy now- and she and I both love the story's tranquil, diverting nature and deserved happy ending.I received a copy of this title courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.
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  • Linda
    March 26, 2017
    Great book to teach children about stepping outside their comfort zone
  • Edward Sullivan
    May 30, 2017
    A colorful cat tale!
  • Lynn
    February 3, 2017
    Ethel captured my heart! Adorable story about being yourself while accepting change.
  • Sara Grochowski
    February 17, 2017
    I adore this book.
  • Janet
    January 2, 2017
    This is a sweet story on its surface, but the message deepens when you think about how important it is be able to change when you want to (or need to), and how meaningful it is to have friends stick by your side as you explore new ways of being.
  • Emma
    December 15, 2016
    Absolutely stunning artwork, great story. I love Ethel.
  • Margie
    May 28, 2017
    It happens to everyone. You walk with an air of assurance into a venue full of individuals, only to have them suddenly stop their current activity. They are all staring at you. Your steps falter. Have you drawn their attention because of your projected poise or have you developed the characteristics of the one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater?If you are fortunate a kindhearted soul will come to you offering an explanation. Otherwise you realize it would be in your best interest to rem It happens to everyone. You walk with an air of assurance into a venue full of individuals, only to have them suddenly stop their current activity. They are all staring at you. Your steps falter. Have you drawn their attention because of your projected poise or have you developed the characteristics of the one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater?If you are fortunate a kindhearted soul will come to you offering an explanation. Otherwise you realize it would be in your best interest to remove yourself from this place until you can assess the situation. Blue Ethel (Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, May 30, 2017) written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt is about a cat completely comfortable with who she is, until she isn't.My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...
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