||Snaptail Press, Division of Images Unlimited
||March 1, 2006
Story blends birth of Christ with the story of a mother cat frantically searching for her little lost kitten. The night's events, beginning when two weary strangers enter the stable at Bethlehem, leave a lasting effect on all the animals, especially the cats.
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On the holiest of holy nights long, long ago, the animals in the stable were restless. They were moving about nervously, unable to go to sleep.
The sheep were baa-ing, the cow was mooing, and the donkeys were braying. There was a feeling of great expectation in the air.
Among the animals was a mother cat. She was searching frantically for her little lost kitten.
Here two other kittens were tucked away safely on a stack of hay, sound asleep. But she could not find her littlest kitten.
"Where could that kitten be?" she thought.
"Where, O where is my littlest kitten?"
Just then the door to the stable opened slowly and two figures entered the place where the animals were staying. A rush of air swept through the shelter.
The Christmas Star leads us to the place where Jesus was born. On this most Holy Night the animals sensed something important was about to happen. Here we can almost feel their excitement and unrest, while a mother cat searches frantically for her little lost kitten as two weary travelers enter the stable.
Midwest Book Review
"The Littlest Christmas Kitten" is a very special picturebook retelling of the Nativity story where youngsters ages 3 through 7 can feel the restless anticipation of the animals and the worried concerns of a mother cat for her little lost kitten. The lost is found in the midst of a miracle on a special night when Jesus is born and the first Christmas occurs. Kelly Dupre's superb artwork wonderfully enhances Leona Novy Jackson's original and entertaining story about the love and care mothers have for their little ones - and the birth of Baby Jesus. Enhanced for young readers with a short word list about Christmas, "The Littlest Christmas Kitten" is wholeheartedly recommended for parents wanting something seasonal to read to their children, and for any community library's Christmas picturebook collection!
School Library Journal
A mother cat hunts all over a barn for her smallest kitten and finally finds it asleep in a manger just as two people enter. Before the night is over, the manger cradles a certain special infant, and cats have been telling this tale to their descendants ever since. Short explanations of such symbols as mangers and candy canes are given at the end of the book. The illustrations, which look to be woodcuts, are in an appealing primitive style, and the text is simple and unadorned. The storytelling, however, is simply not engrossing or different enough to make this tale stand out.
The Littlest Christmas Kitten is a lovely book perfect for a toddler at Christmas time. With an entire family of cats and a poor little lost kitten, children will love to read this book any time before and after Christmas. While Mary and Joseph ride a donkey under the stars, mother cat is searching all over the barn for her littlest. When the holy visitors arrive, all the animals peek out. Printed on acid free paper, the illustrations are in pleasing earth tones that contrast with a "Silent Night" blue. Before the end, all mothers are cuddling their babies. Cost of the book is $16 for 32 pages of touching story and lush illustrations.
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