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A Pussycat's Christmas Paperback


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064434664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064434669
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quiet, captivating text...precise, beautiful watercolor illustrations...a lovely story with lots of child appeal." -- -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.


Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.



Anne Mortimer is the author and illustrator of Bunny's Easter Egg and Pumpkin Cat. She has illustrated many other children's books, including Santa's Snow Cat by Sue Stainton, A Pussycat's Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown, and The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. She lives in southwest England.


More About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

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This is a very sweet children's book with beautiful, vivid & detailed illustrations.
J. Banning
When my girls were both at home, I would read this story book to them starting at the first of December until Christmas Eve.
Joyce Wilham
I read this book over and over at Christmas...with or without children to share it with me.
LInda H. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Diamondidis on December 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book became one of my son's favorites when he was about 2 years old and it's becoming one of my daughter's favorites now that she's 2. I love to read this story to them at bedtime because the rhythm of the words is calming to all of us. The pictures are detailed, life-like and beautiful. This book captures so well the sights and sounds of Christmas as seen and heard by an endearing housepet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brenda J. Payne on December 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My husband bought me this book for our first Christmas as a married couple, ten years ago. I have since shared it over and over again with not only my own three children, but also with my students, in middle school, no less. They love it. Yes, the text is simple. So what. It is lyrical and melodious, without forced rhymes. The words capture the curiosity and and wonder from a small animal's perspective, and the illustrations are magical. With all the commercialism that surrounds the holidays today, it is wonderful to have a simple story about the magic of the holidays. My three children, ages 8, 6 and 2, request it all the time. My 8year old even reads it to the other two. It has become a cherished tradition.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LInda H. Smith on December 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Captivating pictures and prose paint images of a silvery Christmas Eve seen from a pussycats' perspective. I read this book over and over at Christmas...with or without children to share it with me. But a Delight to Share!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwestern Mom on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book, more than any other I've read, completely captures all the sights, sounds, smells and traditions that we associate with Christmas. The writing style is wonderfully descriptive and calming. The illustrations are magnificent. My daughter received this book as a gift when she was 2 years old. She is now 7 and it is still one of our favorite bedtime stories. Although we are not cat-lovers in our family, we all still love this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was an adult in my mid 40's when I bought this book for myself. I love cats and the artwork in this book is outstanding. I take it out every Christmas and it is fun to look throught and to put out as a Christmas decoration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully illustrated, gentle and funny story about a family cat as she watches her human family prepare to celebrate Christmas. Any cat lover will appreciate the observant and lavishly colored illustrations of this mischevious feline: her unusual reaction to snow; having to be put out of the parlor so the humans can wrap gifts without her playful interferences; her fascination with the tree ornaments. It is an all-time favorite for our family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Laycock on March 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Our family sets out A Pussycat's Christmas every year when dressing the house for the holidays. Last year our copy got dropped in a bucket of water. A calamity that required immediate purchase of another copy and express shipping.

It's a charming tale. The illustration is excellent. Especially if you have a "Pussycat" look-a-like as we do this little book will become a part of your Christmas too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Adams on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As usual, Margaret Wise Brown is as tuned in to animals as she is with children. She uses a kitten's viewpoint to describe the wonders of Christmas-sights, sounds, smells, and the way cats delight at playing with everything-wrappings, ribbons, ornaments, decorations. A beautiful, descriptive story.
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