Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat

Milli is a person who can take a a nothing….and turn it into a Something.  But in her plain old town full of bustling people, all Milli does is make plain, ordinary shoes.  Until a pair of wandering minstrels come to town, Jack and the Dancing Cat.  They teach Milli how to dance the two-step, the three-step and the tricky twisting backward sliding four-step which makes her feel brave and free.  Brave enough to create many wonderful Somethings: musical instruments with sounds never heard before, purple satin slippers with bells and more.  Milli never again makes a plain, ordinary anything.

We loved this story (especially Mrs McKee).  It is a wonderful book which teaches us to have the courage to be true to ourselves. King’s brilliant, bright, water-colour illustrations show the creativity and specialness of Milli’s ‘somethings’ – he really is so talented!

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