Cat in the Manger
Henry Holt and Company, 2000
From the dust jacket: “A long time ago in a faraway land, a cat lived in a barn. He had to share it with the other animals: cows and goats, chickens and…mice! But that was all right; he was a good mouser. Then, one wintry night, the door flew open and in came a man and a woman, to take shelter from the snow….”
This short and beautiful book tells the story of the Nativity from a cat’s viewpoint. The cat (and therefore, the reader) doesn’t find out who the little family is that comes to the barn, the reverence with which the story is told is plain. It is a quiet book, with softly colored illustrations that speak of the seriousness (and joy) of the moment. The text is a medium size and easily followed for early readers. Enjoy the quiet joy of the Nativity through the eyes of a cat – and even though cats aren’t mentioned in the Bible as having been present at the Christ Child’s birth, I am 100% positive there was at least one present!