Picks and Pans Review: Pat the Cat
by Edith Kunhardt
Thousands of baby boomers discovered as youngsters the amazing, tactile delight of Dorothy Kunhardt's Pat the Bunny, published in 1940, which has sold more than 3 million copies. Now Edith Kunhardt, daughter of the late Dorothy, has come up with a charming sequel for the boomers' own babies. In simple outline drawings, two children named Martha and Neddy introduce their cat, Columbus, which, thanks to a plush fabric covering it on the drawings, is as soft and fuzzy as a real cat. Then they go with their father to get money from a bank's cash machine, play on a seesaw and have a ginger snap that a little prereader can scratch and sniff all by himself. There are plenty of other surprises in this clever book, which encourages imaginative participation throughout. It's a sequel that does justice to the wonderful original. (Golden Books, $4.95)
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