A Pussycat's Christmas

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Cat’s-eye view of Christmas will leave you purring.

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

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

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Parent of a 8 and 11-year-old Written byJamie W. December 25, 2016

This sweet book really brings Christmas alive through sensory language

My kids and I love reading this book together. It's a tradition to read it several times during the days before Christmas--and especially on Christmas Eve.... Continue reading
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 Christm... Continue reading

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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.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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