My oldest, and now her sister too, have discovered the books by Esther Averil since I presented them with The Fire Cat and Heather showed us Jenny and the Cat Club, and now I had to buy them all, or almost, (I am missing one). She reads them, though not voraciously as I wished, but it is her style.
- Jenny and the Cat Club contains all the highlighted stories, it is thus thick.
The Cat Club, 1944
- The School For Cats, 1947: thin, 33 pages
- Jenny’s First Party, 1948
- Jenny’s Moonlight Adventure, 1949: thin, 33 pages also
- When Jenny Lost Her Scarf, 1951
- Jenny’s Adopted Brothers, 1952
- How the Brothers Joined the Cat Club, 1953
- Jenny’s Birthday Book, 1954: thin, picture book like
- Jenny Goes to Sea, 1957: thick, 128 pages
- Jenny’s Bedside Book, 1959. Probably out of print.
- The Fire Cat, 1960: thin, Early Reader type.
- The Hotel Cat, 1969:thick, 161 pages
- Captains of the City Streets, 1972: thick, 145 pages
- Jenny and the Cat Club
I define Averill’s style like that of the 50’s and 60’s that some books have, homey and chic, the topics and language are to me colloquial but elegant.
To have girls, to homeschool them… ahhhhhhhh, all the worries and troubles fade when I realize we have been given a second chance of living my childhood as in a lovely dream in the company of my own children!