The Christmas Cat
Efner Tudor Holmes
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
HarperCollins Publishers, 2000, 1976
From the dust jacket: “It is Christmas Eve. An abandoned gray cat shivers alone in the cold, snowy forest. Not far away in a warm and cozy farmhouse, Jason anxiously asks his brother Nate if Santa Claus will be able to come in such bad weather. But soon the bitter wind stops howling and the sound of sleigh bells rings clearly through the woods. Neither the cat nor the boys know it, but a small Christmas miracle is about to occur….”
Reading this book made me feel cold in the beginning because the description of the dark forest is that good. Of course, the soft illustrations helped as well. Poor cat – stuck out in the snow! My heart went out to him and hoped for the best. Thankfully, a Christmas miracle did occur and in the end the little cat was in a warm home and I was feeling all warm and cozy, too. This book is great for reading aloud but the text is large and clear enough that readers with some experience will be able to follow along.