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Written by Clare Turlay Newberry

Reviewed by Winterthur's Family E-newsletter

Oliver is a tabby cat who is always the center of attention. Marshmallow is a baby rabbit who moves into Oliver's home. At first Oliver does not welcome Marshmallow, but the little bunny's charms are impossible to resist.

This is the true story of how Oliver and Marshmallow become friends. Clare Turlay Newberry's lifelong passions for cats and for drawing come together in this elegantly illustrated book, winner of the 1943 Caldecott Honor. Her legacy as an author of more than fifteen picture books, most of which feature cats, still endures.

• New revised edition adapted from original published in 1942.

• Hardback; 32 pages.

• Dimensions: 9.5" x .2" x 8.5".
If you recognize the cover of Marshmallow, chances are that you are smiling with fond memories of Clare Turlay Newberry’s irresistible storybook. Published in 1942 by HarperCollins [reissued in 2008] it won the Caldecott Medal the following year and the hearts of countless readers ever since.

Simply yet evocatively told, the tale is of Oliver, a “lucky” (smug, spoiled) tabby cat, and the baby rabbit Marshmallow [speechless, motherless] whom Oliver's owner suddenly brings home to live in their apartment. Told from three points of view, the book has wisdom, humor, suspense, and exceptional read-aloud qualities. The author’s own charcoal illustrations are elegant and spare, perfectly capturing two distinct creatures as they encounter and gradually appreciate each other. For further entertainment, two verses about bunnies are embedded in the book.

If you haven’t grown up with Clare Newberry’s collection of self-illustrated children’s books, let Marshmallow introduce you and your young readers to her many gifts for animal lovers and all children.
~Review by Winterthur's Family E-newsletter

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