Charlie Anderson

Picture Books | September 1, 1990

byBarbara AbercrombieIllustratorMark Graham

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Elizabeth and Sarah and their mother have a cat named Charlie, a stray they have taken in. At night, Charlie curls up on Elizabeth's bed to sleep. But every morning, after lapping up the milk in his bowl, he disappears into the woods. In the evening, he returns, in time to be brushed and fed.
Each weekend, Elizabeth and Sarah visit their father and stepmother in the city. They want to take Charlie with them, but Charlie is a country cat, their mother points out. They city is no place for him.
Charlie grows fatter and fatter, and then one stormy night, he doesn't come home. That's when the girls discover a secret about Charlie, something they have in common with him.
Elizabeth and Sarah's story -- and Charlie's -- is a contemporary one that takes into account the changing character of the family unit. Simply told and with heartwarming illustrations, Charlie Anderson will have special meaning for children whose parents are separated or divorced.

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Where does Charlie, Sarah and Elizabeth's beloved cat go every day? The girlsdiscover his secret in this amusing and touching story that will have specialmeaning for children of divorce. Full-color illustrations

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Elizabeth and Sarah and their mother have a cat named Charlie, a stray they have taken in. At night, Charlie curls up on Elizabeth's bed to sleep. But every morning, after lapping up the milk in his bowl, he disappears into the woods. In the evening, he returns, in time to be brushed and fed. Each weekend, Elizabeth and Sarah visit the...

Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.2 inPublished:September 1, 1990Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689504861

ISBN - 13:9780689504860

Appropriate for ages: 4

Customer Reviews of Charlie Anderson

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Children's author Charlie Anderson is one of the most important children's books I've read! There are no wasted words. It is short and to the point ... and what a wonderful conclusion. It briefly lets the reader know that Mom and Dad have separate lives, without dwelling on it. I recommend this book to all children of divorced parents - and to all children who know children of divorced parents. Superb picture-book. Of course, I think the illustrations are gentle and soft - a perfect match for the text.
Date published: 1998-12-18

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From Our Editors

Where does Charlie, Sarah and Elizabeth's beloved cat go every day? The girlsdiscover his secret in this amusing and touching story that will have specialmeaning for children of divorce. Full-color illustrations

Editorial Reviews

Booklist Graham's softly blended full-color paintings reflect the gentle warmth of Abercrombie's prose, which capably employs a simple text to reinforce the good fortune of the cat an the girls...