From Publishers Weekly
Brown (Copycat), whose love of cats is well known, tells how an abandoned black kitten makes the holiday seasonDand the many years afterwardDextra bright for its adoptive family. The family's matriarch, presumably Brown herself (on one page, the woman is painting an illustration that appears in the book), serves as narrator, explaining how the tiny fur ball got her name and eventually made the household her own. ("Because it was nearly Christmas, we called her Holly. She was timid at first, but as she grew she became more relaxed.") The deceptively simple text proves engaging and affectionate, and the artist's careful attention to the cuddly, wily and sometimes standoffish ways of felines will surely strike a chord with pet owners. Scenes of Holly swinging Tarzan-like from lace curtains and curling up in bed with her sleeping owners are particularly memorable. Ages 3-6. (Nov.)
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Ages 2-5. There's a physical tenderness in this simple, realistic story with detailed illustrations in watercolor, charcoal, and acrylics that celebrate the warmth of a home that cradles a beloved pet. The beginning is a holiday story, and the front- and endpapers are decked with holly. The family takes in a stray kitten at Christmas and they call her Holly. Exquisite close-ups show hands stroking the black furry stray in a warm family room decorated with lots of red and green. Holly is wary at first, then mischievous as she begins to feel at home. From that safe place, she goes exploring, and when she's full-grown, she has two kittens of her own. In one scene, Holly peers through someone's eyeglasses. On another page, she's seriously watching TV. Near the end, she "poses" for the artist; turn the page and there's a climactic double-page, eye-to-eye view of the big, beautiful, black cat. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved