Christmas for a Kitten [NOOK Book]


It’s winter, and a lonely abandoned kitten is trying to survive in the woods. Each night, as he hunts for food, the warm glow of houses fills him with longing. While a family carries in its Christmas tree, the kitten slips into their house. Then—danger—a fierce dog lives there! The kitten has not found a haven after all. But it is Christmas Eve, a night when magical things can happen. Robin Pulver’s gentle story and Layne Johnson’s dramatic ...
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It’s winter, and a lonely abandoned kitten is trying to survive in the woods. Each night, as he hunts for food, the warm glow of houses fills him with longing. While a family carries in its Christmas tree, the kitten slips into their house. Then—danger—a fierce dog lives there! The kitten has not found a haven after all. But it is Christmas Eve, a night when magical things can happen. Robin Pulver’s gentle story and Layne Johnson’s dramatic paintings evoke the wonder and joy of Christmas.

With Santa's help, a lonely kitten finds the best home of all on Christmas Eve.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
There 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
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When a kitten is snatched from his mother and dumped by the side of the road in the country, he climbs into the trunk of a car whose owners are bringing a tree home on Christmas Eve. The kitten stays hidden until Santa arrives by chimney; he is alarmed (remembering the man with a sack who took him from his mother), but Santa scoops the little creature up and takes him home with him. The text is serviceable but the strength of this book lies in its rich oil paintings, which depict the fuzzy orange feline and its surroundings realistically and from a variety of unusual and exciting perspectives. Warm and cozy, but not a necessary purchase.-E. M. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An orange kitten, tossed in a sack to the side of the road, hides in the trunk of a car as its occupants load a freshly cut Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. The kitten then creeps into the house with the tree, but the family's dog proves less than welcoming. The little cat causes all sorts of trouble during the night, climbing the tree, dipping his paw into Santa's milk, and playing with the ornaments. Santa sizes up the situation instantaneously and decides to take the kitten home with him to the North Pole. The story is a little wordy, but the oil paintings of the mischievous kitten will please any cat lover. Johnson varies her perspectives well, so the reader is looking at the kitten in a different way on every spread. Her illustrations are filled with glowing tones, the golden kitty, Christmas lights and ornaments, and welcoming lights in the windows. (Picture book. 4-7)
From the Publisher

"This satisfying holiday story begins in a barn, where a kitten lies with its mother."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480454095
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 682,850
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Pulver is the author of a dozen picture books, including Axle Annie; Punctuation Takes a Vacation; and Way to Go, Alex!

Christmas for a Kitten
was inspired by a cat Pulver and her family met while tromping through the snow at a Christmas tree farm.

Pulver has two grown children. They still come home to spend the holidays with Pulver and her husband, Don, and their dog, Daisy, and their cat, Cricket, companions adopted from the local animal shelter.

Layne Johnson has always loved cats. He now has two—a quiet, vegetable-eating black-and-white cat named Peavy and a loud-talking, water-loving yellow cat named Dobby. When Dobby was a kitten, he helped Layne draw Cookie for this book.

Johnson was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and has a degree in fine art from the University of Houston. He is the illustrator of On the Day His Daddy Left; Ben, King of the River; and several other picture books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003


    Few animal stories are more appealing to young readers than those featuring an irresistible kitten - mix in Christmas, and you have a sure winner. Artist Layne Johnson, the owner of two cats, brings drama and warmth to his lovely full-page paintings which begin with the birth of a kitten in barn. He's safe there with his mother until a cruel person, evidently the barn owner, decides there are too many cats and stuffs the kitten into a sack. After a short but very frightening ride the kitten is literally thrown away. Fortunately, he remembers what his mother taught him about hunting, and he is able to fend for himself in the woods. Eventually, on a very cold winter day people come to the hillside where he hides. They are cutting down a tree; he doesn't understand why. But when he sees the trunk of their car open, it looks like a warm place to him and he jumps in. Once the people reach their home the kitten jumps out of the reopened trunk and is able to skitter into the house. What wonders he sees! It's Christmas Eve and there are many beautiful decorations as well as a glass of milk by the fireplace. But, the house is also home to a cat-hating dog that the people love. What will happen to the kitten now? Santa has some surprises in store for the kitten, and delighted youngsters as well.

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