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Holly: The True Story of a Cat Hardcover – November 1, 2000

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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 Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805065008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805065008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is so simple, yet so lovely! "Holly" is the story of a stray kitten found at Christmas time (hence the name "Holly"). Through the illustrations and text we see her grow progessively more comfortable and bold in her new home. Eventually she is a happy, adult cat with two kittens of her own. We see her amusing interactions with her kittens as well as her daily life as a settled, adult cat.

This is not a "wordy" book. Each page of this book has a gorgeous, watercolor illustration with a very simple sentence or two. The end of the book features a magnificent two page spread of Holly looking straight at the reader with large, yellow eyes.

My children love this book so much that when we found our own abandoned, black cat in a shopping cart one Christmas, they immediately named the kitty "Holly Holly" (despite the fact that he was male!). He too is as special to us as Holly clearly is to the author of this lovely book.

I highly recommend this book to cat lovers of all ages!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book for cat lovers who appriciate art. It's a simple story of a kitten who grew up to be a mother cat, told with a heart and beautiful sensitive paintings.
By the way, Ruth Brown was the illustrator of the James Herriot children books!
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By A Customer on May 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found this book telling a simple story with a moving intensity. I have had a cat that touched me as much as Holly did. It's a very nice story.
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By CrewJulie on September 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book several years ago, I'm not sure if I even had a child yet, but I had a cat (or two depending on the time.) The illustrations are beautiful and the story comforting. Anyone with a dear pet, who has taken a pet 'in from the cold' and had it slowly move into the fabric of the family should be able to relate to this story; cat lovers especially.

Last night my four year old, feeling somewhat vulnerable from various recent events, requested we read this story. At the end I think he felt reassured and comforted. Holly is found as a stray kitten, is brought home timid and shy. She learns the ropes, explores, and fits in. She makes her place in the family and has her own family that are shared with her human family. She is independent, but nearby; she is loved. The story is quite, sure-footed, and pretty - like a cat.
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By A Customer on July 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I like to collect Christmas books with cat themes. I purchased this book based on a parenting magazine review indicating that it was a good Christmas story. While the story is pleasant and the illustrations are lovely, the only Christmas reference is that the kitten was found on Christmas. All in all, if you want a simple storybook that has beautiful illustrations, it is a good choice. But if you're looking for a Christmas story, keep looking.
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