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Picks and Pans Review: Pat the Cat

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by Edith Kunhardt

Thousands of baby boomers discovered as youngsters the amazing, tactile delight of Dorothy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny, published in 1940, which has sold more than 3 million copies. Now Edith Kunhardt, daughter of the late Dorothy, has come up with a charming sequel for the boomers’ own babies. In simple outline drawings, two children named Martha and Neddy introduce their cat, Columbus, which, thanks to a plush fabric covering it on the drawings, is as soft and fuzzy as a real cat. Then they go with their father to get money from a bank’s cash machine, play on a seesaw and have a ginger snap that a little prereader can scratch and sniff all by himself. There are plenty of other surprises in this clever book, which encourages imaginative participation throughout. It’s a sequel that does justice to the wonderful original. (Golden Books, $4.95)