“Your child will make you read this one over and over and over again. The best part is that your kids will learn life lessons without even knowing it!”
—Hoda Kotb, Dateline NBC correspondent
“With each turn of the page you seem to share a kindred spirit with Catherine and her ‘tagalong crowd’, and you almost secretly wish that she would invite you, too, to join in the tea party.”
—Frank Davis, Naturally N’Awlins host, WWL-TV
Catherine is an only child, but she’s never alone. She has Baby Doll, Lamb, Mr. Elephant, Lady Ladybug, and Bonnie Bunny to keep her giggling all afternoon with their stories and antics. While the tagalongs tease each other about their shortcomings, Catherine the Great, with her insightful, big brown eyes, sees the goodness in them all.
In the end, everyone has learned to share and be good to one another, and Catherine is ready to take on more adventures.
Filled with charming dialogue and plenty of silly situations, this makes for a wonderful read-aloud book.
About the Author
Karen Swensen wrote this book as a gift for her daughter, Catherine, on her first birthday. The story is based on the ragtag group of stuffed animals in her crib. Ms. Swensen is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist with more than ten years’ experience in investigative and feature reporting. She is the anchor newsperson for New England Cable Television, channels 6 and 28, and lives in Danvers, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.
About the Illustrator
New Orleans native Kelly Kirkman, wife and mother of two children, Madison and Remy, taught prekindergarten for ten years. Illustrating Catherine the Great and Her Teatime Tagalongs combined her love for art and children.
CATHERINE THE GREAT AND HER TEATIME TAGALONGS
By Karen Swensen
Illustrated by Kelly Kirkman
JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.