Christmas in July: The Christmas Cat

The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes, illustrated by Tasha Tudor.
Crowell, 1976. Paperback reissue, HarperCollins, 2002.

I feel like Auntie Mame in the musical Mame. "Because we need a little Christmas, right this very minute." Because it's hot and muggy and buggy outside, and the whole world feels mean and crazy and violent.

So here's a little Christmas. And Tasha Tudor to boot!

Written by one of Tudor's daughters, this is the story of a little cat, freezing in the cold on Christmas Eve, and a nice little family, warm and snug in a house. The terrible snowstorm worries the little boys of the family. Will Santa be able to find them?

Then in the woods, an unusual Santa figure is taking care of the animals. Finding the kitty, he decides to gift it to two sweet little boys.

It's that simple. So try to enjoy my sad little photos, and may they inspire you to track down a copy of this lovely little book!

Merry not-Christmas!

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  1. How cozy! Glad I am not the only one to find a little bit of solace in kids books when the world goes crazy! Also, as dry and hot as this summer has been, I am ready for some cozy weather. So thanks!

    1. Everything here is hot and WET. It's one of the rainiest summers I can remember. The last time it rained this much, it also cooled off. So such luck this year. :)

  2. How do I not own this? How??? Love the idea of Christmas in July and our weather has been quite strange - muggy, not to hot though, pretty grey - I feel like fast forwarding through the next few months and going right on into holiday season!!

    1. I hate summer weather. I am pining for fall and winter winter. :)

      Isn't it darling? And it's still in print!


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