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Kathleen T. Pelley

Dear Reader:

"It is difficult to get the news from poems, but men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there."

These words of William Carlos Williams were my inspiration for my latest picture book, RAJ THE BOOKSTORE TIGER.

It is the story of Raj, a marmalade cat who is convinced that he is a tiger, until a visiting cat's words of ridicule make him doubt his "tigerness." Fortunately, Raj's owner, Felicity Fotheringham, a lover of words and books, knows just the right poem to read aloud to him.

"Tyger! Tyger! burning bright..."William Blake.

When I was a little girl growing up in Scotland, like all Scottish schoolchildren, I had to learn many poems by heart. Decades later, I delight in having a snippet of a poem tucked away in my heart to lean on in troubled times or dark days.

"Nice nourishment for the blossoming bookworm." Kirkus

Raj is saved by a poem in the same way all good readers are:

What poem saved you?

Contest: For a chance to win a free signed book, email me at with your favorite snippet of a poem (be sure to include your mailing address). I will post all entries at, and winners will be chosen at random.

Kathleen Pelley
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Raj the Bookstore Tiger / Kathleen T. Pelley / Charlesbridge

Price: $15.95 / ISBN: 978-1580892308 / Published: February, 2011

Ages 4-8 / Picture book Fiction

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