A Pussycat's Christmas

 
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Cat’s-eye view of Christmas will leave you purring.

What parents need to know

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Positive messages

Pussycat enjoys both solitude and companionship on Christmas Eve. Pussycat is clearly a loved part of her household.

Positive role models

Pussycat’s family is attentive and considerate, letting her out when she wants to play and welcoming her back in before she’s too cold.

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Parents need to know there is nothing to be concerned about in this charming holiday tale.

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What's the story?

It’s Christmas again, and Pussycat is delighted. She loves everything about the celebration, from rolling in freshly fallen snow to batting ornaments and pouncing ribbons. This is Christmas Eve, through the eyes of a very happy cat.

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This new edition of Margaret Wise Brown’s Christmas story paired with noted cat artist Anne Mortimer makes a lovely addition to a family’s holiday treasury. Kids know everything feels different on Christmas Eve, and it’s no different for Pussycat. Brown’s soothing prose captures the mystery of a winter night, the special sparkle of a Christmas tree, the hustle and bustle of people caroling and heading to church, and the playfulness of a cat surrounded by ribbons, wrapping paper, and ornaments. The tiniest of familiar moments comes alive beautifully: “There was a tiny tinkle little pop, as something fell from the Christmas tree and shivered into a million splinters of light. That was wonderful.”
Mortimer’s richly hued watercolors invite exploration. The alert and wide-eyed Pussycat pounces and explores through the pages. Cat lovers, especially, will treasure this book.

Watercolor paintings bring Pussycat to life. Noted cat artist Anne Mortimer’s richly hued watercolors invite exploration. The alert and wide-eyed Pussycat pounces and explores through the pages.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the atmosphere in your home as you prepare for Christmas or another big holiday. What sights, sounds, and smells are important to you?

  • Imagine what the holiday might be like from your pet’s point of view. Do you think your pet enjoys the holiday as much as Pussycat does?

Book details

Author:Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator:Anne Mortimer
Genre:Holiday
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date:September 22, 2009
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):5 - 9
Read aloud:5
Read alone:7

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Parent Written byInAnyEvent November 23, 2009
 

Perfect for younger kids

We Love this Book! We own it and bring it out every Christmas. It's a warm fuzzy.
Parent of a 9 year old Written byTora Gwen May 11, 2010
 

Sweet as sugar!

This is an adorable Christmas story, perfect for the little ones. When my nine year old daughter, Addison, was about two years old I bought her this for Christmas. She instantly fell in love with the amazing illustrations and adorable little story. She thought it very sweet that Pussycat was clearly a very beloved member of the household. Recently, I found this book buried in her bookcase. I looked through it, realizing that though it was covered in dust, it was still the same adorable story that had enchanted so many of that little girl's Christmases years ago. Last Christmas, I read it to her again. She thought that she had left it at a friend's house when she was four, and was delighted to see it again. It's still the same little story and it's still the same little book. And it still enchants her, years later.
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