Another Post About Kittens


We had a thunderstorm late last night.  The skies opened up and the rain came down in buckets.  So I ran out into the storm to check on our latest batch of kittens:  Mabel's sister, Lucy, has three little ones, just opening their eyes.  She had them in the bushes in front of our house.  Last night, I went out to the porch.  Thunder was crashing, lightning flashing, and Miss Lucy was cowering under the table.  I grabbed Mr. B's spare railroad lantern and Little Sis's umbrella, and ran to the bushes.  I scooped up three shivering, soaked babies and brought them to the porch.  Then I grabbed an old laundry basket, some towels, and Mama Cat and made the brood a nice bed for overnight.  I snapped this picture this morning.  I think Lucy had already moved one of the tabbies back to the bushes.  An hour later, the other tabby was back in the bushes, too.  I moved the other kitten for her.  

So in celebration of all things kitten - because I cannot escape the kitties - I put together another round-up of kitty cat books, this time focusing on the babies.  Here we have some fiction and some non-fiction.  Some of them are vintage, some are out-of-print, but still pretty easy to find.  And all are appropriate for smaller kiddos, too.  

Top Row:  Three Little Kittens (Little Golden Book #1!), illustrated by Masha.   Simon & Schuster, 1942.  That's Not My Kitten by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells.  Usborne, 2006.  Kitten: See How They Grow by DK Publishing, illustrated by Nigel Hazle with photography by Jane Burton.  DK Publishing, 2007.  Center Row:  Touch & Feel: Kitten by DK Publishing, 1999.  (Newer edition is here.)  The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter.  Frederick Warne & Co., 1907.  (This edition is from 2002.)  Bottom Row:  I Am A Kitten by Ole Risom, illustrated by Jan Pfloog.  Western Publishing, 1974.  The Kitten Who Thought He Was A Mouse (Little Golden Book) by Miriam Norton, illustrated by Garth Williams.  Random House, 2008. (Originally published as a Little Silver Book by Golden Press, 1954.)  Kittens Are Like That by Jan Pfloog.  Random House, 1976.

(The best/worst part of making a photo collage like this is realizing what I left off the list.  As many kitty-cats as we have around here, though, I'm sure I'll be inspired to do one more.  Someday...)

For more kitty book goodness, see today's post on Julia's Bookbag, about the Orlando books by Kathleen Hale.  I have longed to see some of these books in person for a few years now.  I need to get a hold of some myself.

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  1. We love the tale of Tom Kitten and we also have That's not my Kitten, which is awesome for babies and we haven't read in ages.Congratulations on the newborns! :O)

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  2. I can't believe all this kitten book goodness! And I can't believe how many kittens are always being born around your place! Your daughters must never run out of kittens! We had a thunderstorm too yesterday, but it was pretty mini :)

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    1. I'm ready to run out of kittens! I'd been working on Lucy and her brother so I could get them to the Humane Society to get fixed before this happened. Too late. This storm didn't last too long and it wasn't really severe, although the thunder and lightning seemed intense at the time. The rain just came down terribly heavy for a little while, and I was worried the girls would look for the kittens in the morning and would find little drowned babies.

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  3. You are so nice for taking car of the cats! But are they stray? Why did the mommy move her babies back to the bush while she had a nice cozy home like yours? Sorry for so many questions but I am intrigued!

    I love your cat books! I really want to read the first one : Three Little Kittens! That one will be hard to find.

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    1. There is a feral cat who has had 3 kittens under our shed over the last 3 or 4 years. Last September, we started leaving food out for my neighbor's cat. My neighbor died last summer, leaving behind 2 cats. One was taken in by friends, but his big black and white cat, Ying, was missing at the time. Someone had shot him in the head with a pellet gun. So in September, Ying came back and we felt so sorry for him. His whole world was displaced. He wasn't very friendly - he only liked his owned - but he started hanging out around our yard. Then the feral mama from our backyard started coming up to the porch for Ying's food. And when it was time, she led her litter to our porch and food and took off. One kitten was carried off by a dog. One became friendly enough that we adopted her (Mabel). That left Lucy and Orange Boy, as we call them. Neither one would let us touch them, but they aren't completely wild, either.

      Lucy had her kittens in the bushes where they're very hard to see. I know she moved them back because they're a bit less protected on the porch. Orange Boy and Ying are still around and they leave them alone, but there are other cats around, not to mention dogs and - gasp! - people! I'm working on her, though. My hope is to be able to find the kittens homes, or be able to scoop the whole group up to take the humane society to be fostered.

      You can find later editions of the Three Little Kittens that are not quite as expensive. There's one from the late '70s/early '80s with a yellow cover. My edition is from the '40s, and came as part of an inexpensive lot on eBay. :o)

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  4. Those sweet little kittens!!! Poor things alone and wet in the night, thank goodness you saved them! And at least Lucy only had a litter of three vs. a litter of 8 or something. ;) I had forgotten all The Kitten Who Thought he was a Mouse!!! That was one we had when I was a kid that must have disappeared (the way books often do). I can't wait to get it again now that I remember! Thanks

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    1. Lucy is still so little. I don't think she turns one until August. Three is plenty for her. ;o)

      We got the Little Golden Book reprint when Big Sis was little. I had no idea about old Little Silver paperbacks until I researched that one.

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