Enjoyable books for us cat lovers
By Luci Hand Post-Tribune correspondent March 8, 2013 5:40PM
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:05AM
I have always been a cat person. I have one now that I really enjoy. He is soft and furry and good company. He’s a good listener, too.
Hudson Talbott tells us about a cute little litter of three kittens in “It’s All About Me-Ow.” This is a manual for cats.
We join them as they meet their new “mommies,” commonly called “humans,” who control the food.
An older yellow tom takes the kittens under his “paw” and tells them all about their new home. He explains the wonder of cats and gives us a brief history as well.
We learn that purr therapy is good for humans. Catitude drives them crazy. Communication methods are discussed as well as entertainment.
We are left with the motto “Keep your outside mild, but your inside wild” and a picture of all the relatives. I can attest to the truth of all of this.
Local author Isabel O’Connell brings us a visit with “Gypsy.” We join Gypsy looking out the window at the birds. She hears some noise in the kitchen and must investigate.
It is illegal for her to be on the kitchen counter, but no one is around, so up she goes. There is an interesting item to be investigated, which of course she does. It winds up being very interesting.
She explores just like any good cat would, and when she finally tastes it, she finds her mouth is stuck shut. Marshmallow will do that to a kitten.
Her efforts to get rid of the mess in her mouth bring both her and the cup of hot chocolate to the floor. Although Gypsy hides, her owner spots the marshmallow and chocolate she is cleaning off her whiskers.
‘Big Cat Pepper’
No matter how much we love them, cats do not live as long as humans.
In “Big Cat Pepper” by Elizabeth Partridge, we watch as our boy plays with his life long pal, Pepper. Every day, after school, they follow the same schedule and play.
One day, Pepper doesn’t follow and he hides. We watch as Pepper gets sicker and sicker and one day our boy finds him gone. They bury him in the yard, putting blossoms on the grave and grieving.
Our boy has trouble sleeping, cries a lot and wonders if Pepper will be afraid “way down deep.” Momma says that Pepper’s spirit is flying. Our boy finds comfort in the breeze as he realizes that Pepper will always live in his heart.
This soft, poetic look at the death of a pet will be a comfort to little ones going through this sad time.
“Scrawny Cat” by Phyllis Root is the story of a lost, wet kitten and his adventures as he looks for a new home.
We follow him as he avoids a mean dog, rain and an accidental trip out to sea in a dinghy.
The dinghy lands on an island and our little friend finds a wonderful new home and owner. Her name is Emma and she names our friend Skipper and we leave them sailing happily together.