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Stretchy and Beanie

Stretchy and Beanie

Illustrated by Judy Schachner


Stretchy and Beanie

About the Book

What's an independent cat to do when his friend decides she's the leader of their pack? This story of friendship and power dynamics is a read-aloud joy.

Beanie, a ginger-haired girl with a fierce heart, is the perfect pal for her newfound companion, Stretchy McHandsome the cat. That is, until Beanie gets it into her head that she should teach Stretchy how to be a perfect pet. Her lessons really curl his whiskers, and when hiding from Beanie isn't enough, he has to take an even bigger leap. Then it's Beanie who needs a lesson of her own: how to be an accepting friend rather than a bossy-boots.

Product Details

On sale: November 2, 2021
Age: 3-5 years
Grade: Up to Kindergarten
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780593111611
Reading level: Lexile: AD740L | Fountas/Pinnell: N

Author Bio

Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much-loved Grannyman and its companion book, Bits & Pieces. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Judy is also known for her spirited reading of the Skippyjon stories, for which she won the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.


"The lightheartedness of the art, full of clever details for astute readers to discover, puts a comforting spin on a more serious tale . . . Art and verse alternate between playful silliness and showing the sincere worry of a little girl learning to be gentle with her pet . . . Delightful reminder that having a pet differs from parenting 'a troop of teddy bears.'" —Kirkus

"Schachner, of Skippyjon Jones fame, matche sher rhyming stanzas with energetic illustrations filled with activity, bendy felines, and Beanie’s unconventional flair." —Booklist

"Comical panels and lots of action keep the pet care lessons fun and kid-appropriate; seasoned feline caretakers will especially enjoy a spread where a leash-clad Stretchy teeters between stubbornly put-out and potentially homicidal . . . an enjoyable and educational romp with our favorite butterscotch boy." —BCCB