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Christmas Cats, The Hardcover – September 28, 2011
From the Inside Flap
"Elizabeth Ann and Miss Mollie plan an elegant Christmas tea, but their eight restless cats break free and crash the festivities to the delight of their guests in Nancy K. Wallace's charming and amusing tale."
-RoseMary Honnold, editor in chief, VOYA
In a house trimmed with holly, two sisters prepare for their annual Christmas party. But their eight rowdy cats cannot attend this festive fete, so the sisters safely stash them upstairs with some food.
After the guests arrive, the aroma of delicious treats and the sound of laughter begin to waft through the house, and the felines become restless. They decide that it's time to break loose! When they paw at the latch and jiggle the doorknob, the cats finally escape and crash the party.
The bright illustrations of this festive book capture the cat-filled chaos that follows.
Nancy K. Wallace is the youth services coordinator for the Ellwood City Area Public Library, where she helped establish the annual Ellwood City Storytelling Festival. In addition to reviewing young adult fantasy and nonfiction for VOYA magazine, she has contributed articles to such publications as LibrarySparks and Highlights High Five.
Under Wallace's direction, her library received five Best Practice Awards from the Pennsylvania Library Association, which honors excellence in library early learning programming, and a David J. Roberts EXCEL Library Service Award. She earned a BA in English literature from Maryville College and her library certification from Northampton College. Wallace lives in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.
Cathren Housley is an artist whose work includes illustration, fine arts, and sculpture. In addition to teaching art at museums, she created a line of inspirational jewelry, which includes the best-selling "Blessing Pin." Housley is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in children's book illustration and a recipient of a Silver Mom's Choice Award. She lives in East Providence, Rhode Island.
About the Author
Cathren Housley is an artist whose work includes illustration, fine arts, and sculpture. In addition to teaching art at museums, she created a line of inspirational jewelry. Housley is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in children's book illustration and a recipient of a Silver Mom's Choice Award. She lives in East Providence, Rhode Island.
Top Customer Reviews
But is equally as charming.
Here is an example:
At the end of a lane, in a house trimmed with holly,
Lived Elizabeth Ann and her sister, Miss Mollie.
They had a fine parlor and a porch where they sat
And a simply delightful assortment of cats.
**Note from reviewer: On this page is this beautiful Victorian house in blue, surrounded by snow, with a beautiful porch...and a shadow of a cat in every single window***
There was Darwin, the fluffy; Dexter, the tabby;
The calico, Ella; and Dorrie, the crabby;
Harry and Ron, two fluffy white balls;
Olivia, the villain; and Phoebe the small
*****Note from reviewer:(I would give anything for you to see the painting on this page with a cat pouncing off the chair, one out the window, one being held, one playing with a toy mouse in a little girl's hand, one asleep on the other girl's lap, two playing together...The details are just awesome!)***
The house smelled of Christmas; the cookies were
Their mother made gingerbread, scones, and three
She sent invitations to girls that they knew,
"Please come to our party! We'll serve tea at two."
You get the idea. What I can't convey here as adorable as the poem is, is that this is the best illustrated book I've ever seen.Read more ›
The story is wonderful, and the illustrations are beautiful. I laughed out loud at the antics of these silly, mischievous kitties, and was moved at the end when Mollie, Elizabeth and friends decide that, as wonderful as the Christmas tea party was, the arrival of the uninvited cats was the very best part of the day. I had planned to give this book to "the little one" for Christmas, but I know I can't wait until then. She will be getting this gift right now.
holiday books. This will be a wonderful addition to our collection. Looking forward to seeing more from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book for cat lovers of all ages. The story is charming and the illustrations beautifully drawn. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by susan p. wilder
Upon the recommendation of a family member I purchased this book for my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Jeffrey Neuberger
And everywhere you looked, there weren't any stories for kids. But Nancy Wallace and Cathren Housley have solved the problem for all those out there seeking to share the wonder of... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Amy Friedman
This is such a sweet story about a little girl's perfectly planned tea party disrupted by her rowdy cats. The rhyming text is a lot of fun. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Jo Marshall