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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