Blue Ethel (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374303822, 40pp.
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
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 is an adorable story written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, showing readers that being different can be a good thing.
A Margaret Ferguson Book
About the Author
Jennifer Black Reinhardt grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania and attended Carnegie Mellon University where she received a degree in illustration. She has illustrated several books for children, including Blue Ethel, Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park, The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford by Suzanne Slade, and Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice B. McGinty. Trading the mountains for the prairie, Jennifer now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. She happily works in a comfortably messy studio in her home, where she lives with her family.
Praise For Blue Ethel…
“Highlights the power of friendship . . . Ethel may not win any cat marathons, but she'll win hearts young and old.” —Kirkus Reviews
“There is a gentle humor to Ethel’s story, with a cozy, rhythmic text that moves the readers along in a steady but soft pace. Ethel, with her rotund, scratchily lined figure, lumbers through delicately dappled line and watercolor scenes . . . This is an easy addition to a cat-themed storytime, but be ready to break out the chalk and head outside afterward.” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books