Jeanette loves her cat, Kitty Doyle, who is "not only beautiful . . . but the best mouser on Selkirk Avenue." On school mornings, Kitty Doyle walks Jeanette to school, then, at the end of the day, walks her home. One blustery winter afternoon, Jeanette is lured to a friend's house by the promise of tasty latkes and forgets entirely about the spunky orange cat waiting for her in the snow. The colored pencil and watercolor illustrations evoke the gray-blue cold of winter as effectively as they depict the warmth and clutter of Jeanette's house and the delicatessen her parents own. Dramatic yet quiet, the pictures show Jeanette's distress as she realizes what's happened to her furry friend--and her relief when she learns that Kitty Doyle is going to be just fine. Touched with nostalgia, this warmhearted story is "purrfect" for a cold afternoon.