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Children's LiteratureThere are too many cats in the barn, so the tiny kitten was put in a burlap bag and tossed along the side of a road. He manages to survive in the woods. When people come to cut a Christmas tree he hides in the trunk of their car. But at the home danger lurks in the form of a growling dog. When the family goes to bed the kitten's fun begins. Milk and cookies are a great snack and the decorated tree provides lots of leaping and batting practice. Just when he is about to topple the tree Santa arrives and a satisfying conclusion will warm the heart. Stunning oil paintings filled with texture and light fill the pages with dazzling perspectives and drama. Kitten antics and expressions are beautifully captured. Expressing the joy and miracle of Christmas, the poignant story would be a delight to read aloud. 2003, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 4 to 8.
— Laura Hummel