The Famous Nini

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The Famous Nini

A Mostly True Story of How a Plain White Cat Became a Star

By Mary Nethery; John Manders (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618977697, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2010

In Venice in the 1890s, a cafe owner takes in a stray cat she names Nini. This is against her better judgment, for the cafe is modest, and she has nothing to spare. But in no time at all, the cat becomes a celebrity, charming all sorts of important visitors, including Giuseppe Verdi and the pope himself. In the end, Nini's resonant purr and the comfort it brings to a little girl produce a small miracle. Featuring humorous illustrations with a vintage feel, this inspiring story about a real cat assures us that acts of kindness can be rewarded in unexpected ways. Includes an author's note.

Praise For The Famous Nini

"Nethery has a lot of fun with Nini's story, creating characters openhearted enough to be touched by a purr or a nudge against the shins."--School Library Journal