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.
|Publisher:||Whitman, Albert & Company|
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|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.