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Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Camping Holiday (1938)

by Kathleen Hale

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all of these that are on half.com are very expensive.
they should be reprinted as a collection, imo
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Originally published in 1938, and then revised (by the author herself) for this 1990 edition, Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Camping Holiday was the first of nineteen picture-books featuring Orlando and his family - a series that is apparently considered something of an institution, over there in the UK (and environs - thanks for recommending this one, DG!). Marmalade Orlando and his family - wife Grace (a tabby), kittens Pansy (a tortoiseshell), Blanche (snowy white) and Tinkle (coal black) - decide to go on vacation, opting for a camping holiday in the country when the "Master" approves of the plan. Many amusing adventures, from learning to fish in the nearby stream, to disguising themselves as caterpillars in order to evade a local sheep-herding dog, ensue.

A huge book - reproduced in the original folio size in this reprint - A Camping Holiday reminded me of a number of other vintage picture-book classics, both in its production values and aesthetic sensibility, and in its themes and story-line. The felines here wear clothing (more or less), and do human things, calling to mind the "elephants" of Jean de Brunhoff's Babar books, while the size of the book and style of the illustrations distinctly reminded me of some of the D'Aulaires' work. There's no doubt that this has a very old-fashioned sensibility (the fact that the cats' human is called "The Master," to begin with), but it also has undeniable charm! Definitely one I am glad I read... I'll be looking for more about Orlando and family! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 21, 2013 |
One of a series that's been popular for decades, beloved for the distinctive, characterful lavish illustrations that accompany these stories of a family of very domesticated cats. Delightful. ( )
  flamencobird | Sep 7, 2011 |
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This is the first book about Orlando, the famous marmalade cat. He and Grace, his beautiful tabby wife, have three kittens - tortoiseshell Pansy, white Blanche and coal-black Tinkle. In this first story Orlando and his family go off on a camping trip where the kittens learn to swim, paint pictures of the scenery and enjoy sleeping (or not sleeping) under the stars.

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A cat and his family have a country holiday, sleeping in a tent, hiking, and singing round a campfire.

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