The Christmas Cat

The Christmas Cat


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The Christmas Cat by Maryann MacDonald, Amy Bates

A cozy Nativity story for those who love Christmas and cats.

All babies are beautiful and all babies cry. Jesus was no exception. On the night he was born, nothing Mary, Joseph, or the animals in the stable could do would comfort him. But when a curious kitten wanted its turn to calm the baby Jesus, a loving friendship blossomed on that very first Christmas.

This perfect read-aloud was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of La Madonna del Gatto, which show Mary lovingly holding the baby Jesus who is cuddling a cat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803734982
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 861,648
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Maryann Macdonald grew up near Detroit with seven brothers and sisters.  She lived for many years in Europe, but has now settled in New York City.   One day, while exploring the Metropolitan Museum there, she discovered the Leonardo da Vinci drawing that inspired her to write The Christmas Cat.  She has written numerous books for children.

Amy June Bates grew up in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in illustration. She has illustrated over forty books for children and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators for her work. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children.

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The Christmas Cat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is the story for cat lovers who want to share the story of baby Jesus with their children.  A crying Jesus needs comforting, and a little kitten fits the bill.  A story more about friendship with pets than the story of Christ.  It's filled with beautiful pictures, and is based on a legend of a cat living in the stable in Bethlehem.  It was inspired by the author's childhood trip to an art museum with a picture drawn by Leonardo da Vinci of Mary, Jesus, and the cat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An endearing read aloud that makes the familiar Christmas story more relatable by creating the character of Jesus' kitten.  The lyrical text  is accompanied by marvelous illustrations that make this a book to add to my Christmas collection even though I'm not particularly a cat person.  The author's note linking the story to the Leonardo drawing at the Met makes this book a useful teaching tool on finding inspiration all around us.