|Karen Swensen. Kelly Kirkman, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||32 / 2005|
What happens when a little girl invites a selfish ladybug, an impatient bear, a clumsy elephant, a shy lamb, a bunny who barely speaks, and a baby doll who repeats everything to her treehouse tea party? When that girl is Catherine the Great, what could have been a fiasco of bad behavior instead becomes a wonderful time for all, as Catherine sees the goodness in each of her tagalong friends, and helps everyone else to see it too. Inspired by her own tiny daughter and a menagerie of stuffed animals, New England Cable Television news anchor Karen Swensen wrote this whimsical read-aloud tale for for readers up to 7.
"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
"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