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Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin

Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin

Illustrated by: Wesley Dennis
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Newbery Award–winning author Marguerite Henry’s beloved novel about a boy who would do anything to paint is now available in a refreshed paperback edition.

Benjamin West was born with an extraordinary gift—the gift of creating paintings of people, animals, and landscapes so true to life they “took one’s breath away.” But Benjamin is part of a deeply religious Quaker family, and Quaker beliefs forbid the creation of images.

Because Benjamin’s family didn’t approve of his art, he had to make his own painting supplies. The local Native Americans taught him how to mix paints from earth, clay, and plants. And his cat, Grimalkin, sacrificed hair from his tail for Ben’s brushes.

This classic story from Newbery Award–winning author Marguerite Henry features the original text with gorgeous new cover art.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481403948 | 
  • March 2014 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Benjamin West and his Cat Grimalkin

Chapter 1 WELCOME TO DOOR-LATCH INN
Benjamin woke with a jerk. He held his breath, trying to separate the sounds that came floating up from the innyard. Usually he slept through noises. Travelers could lift the latch, help themselves to the snack of food set out for them, warm themselves by the fire, and leave without his so much as hearing them. But tonight there was a small sound that he could not make out.

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