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"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.

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Nancy K. Wallace is the youth services coordinator for the Ellwood City Area Public Library. In addition to reviewing books 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. 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. 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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589809793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589809796
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,928,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chandler #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This truly is adorable enough for any age. It's impeccably written and brilliantly illustrated. I can see this being given to a small child and having it traditionally read to them on Christmas Eve at bedtime each year until they one day read it to their own kids. I seriously mean that. I would have loved this FAR more than reading about some dude wearing a cap and dreaming of sugarplums. This is about CATS!

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
baked;
Their mother made gingerbread, scones, and three
cakes.
She sent invitations to girls that they knew,
"Please come to our party! We'll serve tea at two."

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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.
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I have a confession to make. I love Christmas, tea parties and cats. Any book (especially a picture book) that includes these three things has instant appeal for me. That being written, I find The Christmas Cats a vastly appealing and extremely readable picture book. I want to jump into the pages of this book. The illustrations perfectly portray the frolicsome nature of Ms. Wallace's tale of a Christmas Tea gone awry. I so enjoy reading the flowing, rhyming text aloud to my daughter. She comments continuously about the text and illustrations, and spins conjecture about the kitties and little girls while I read. We've read the story several times and it's not even Christmas yet! This shows the immediate appeal of The Christmas Cats to its intended audience. Children will be delighted by this tale of feisty, friendly and creative felines. I look forward to sharing this wonderful holiday delight with groups in my community. I also plan on purchasing additional copies for gift-giving. The Christmas Cats is a wonderful gift to share and reading this story will become a Christmas tradition.
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I have been creating arts programs for children for more than twenty years, and have curated exhibitions in art museums, here and in South America, about children's book illustrations. I've also put my own three children and many other kids to bed at night by reading them picture books, and so have come to know and appreciate fine children's book writing and especially illustrations. Quite simply, "The Christmas Cats" is a gem, piece of holiday magic that both little and big people should and I predict will enjoy, this Christmas and for many to follow. Ms. Housley's art, especially when it comes to frisky felines, puts her in the category of the greatest illustrators of animals: Beatrix Potter, Diana Thorne (of Bret Terhune dog story fame), and Adrienne Segur come immediately to mind. The story and illustrations are wonderful, and I heartily recommend it!
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I am always looking for wonderful books for a special 2-year-old in my life, and so was really thrilled to find "The Christmas Cats."
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.
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My 22 month old grandson loves cats. We read this book and he was fascinated. He giggled when he saw all the kitties doing surprise things. He said "again" everytime we finished. I read it three times the first time I read it to him. Very nice illustrations and a cute story. Little girls will love it too as it is about little girls that have a get together.
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This is such a charming book, with lovely illustrations. We have a special tote where we keep our special
holiday books. This will be a wonderful addition to our collection. Looking forward to seeing more from this author.
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