Title: The City Kittens and the Old House Cat | Author: Mrs. D | Publication Date: July 11, 2013 | Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing | Number of pages: 37 | Recommended age: 6 to 10
Summary: This story revolves around Christmastime and a family who once adopted a lost kitten, naming it Nyda. Nyda has now grown old and has settled into a calm, uneventful life with her new family-until the day before Christmas, when the family’s older daughter brings two playful kittens, Mickey and Jack, home for the holidays. The two kittens from the big city are a change for the family, and for Nyda. The old cat likes her settled life and is not happy about the new arrivals. She’s also very protective of her belongings. The city kittens annoy her, and the old cat grumbles about the new additions to the family- until she hears a story one night that makes her feel bad. The kittens aren’t the soft or spoiled brats she had thought they were . .
My Thoughts: What happens when you bring two young sprightly kittens into a house at Christmastime where an old cat (Nyda) lives and is used to her settled life and comfortable environment? Well, you have one grumpy cat who gets annoyed as the youngsters explore her home. “Spoiled little brats!” she calls them. “Spoiled inside city house cats … soft little things.” But as the magic of Christmas opens her heart, Nyda overhears the heartwrenching story of how the kittens were rescued when they were near death; thus, learning the lesson that first impressions are not always right and that they have more in common than she originally thought.
Hmmm… a beautifully illustrated book featuring a calico cat (like the one I had growing up) and two precious little kittens (one who looks like our very own Flame). What are the odds this one is going to go over well in our house? The City Kittens and the Old House Cat features a story that, while set at Christmastime, can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Anyone who has cats knows how set in their ways old cats become and how protective of their environment and territorial they can be. Even our two cats are like this with each other. The underlying message of this book is to open your heart and be kind to everyone, because you do not know the obstacles in life they may have had to overcome.
As with her other books, Mrs. D has a very unique style when telling a story. Each book, including this one, features detailed descriptions, strong character development, and some of the most gorgeous illustrations I’ve seen in books. I especially love the attention to detail with the Christmas decorations and the details with the depictions of the cats that allow the reader to see their emotions and the wisdom in their faces (because all cats are wise, right? At least they think so!) Mrs. D is first and foremost a storyteller and all of her books lend themselves to being read aloud, and in particular The City Kittens and the Old House Cat would make a great book to read to a group of children such as in a classroom or library setting. Ages 5 to 10.
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About the Author: Mrs. D
Mrs. D. (Olga D’Agostino), an award-winning children’s author, was born in western Ukraine. She lived in the historical city of Lviv, where she studied business in Lviv Business College and worked in the food industry. In 1992, she immigrated to the USA with her two small daughters and for years worked in her own business. In 2011, she began her career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. Two of her children’s books, The Trees Have Hearts and Good Morning, World!, won Mom’s Choice Awards in 2013. She is a member of SCBWI and speaks a few languages fluently. She lives in the famous town of Smithville, NJ, with her husband Patrick and a meticulous old cat named Nyda.
Published books by Mrs. D. include Carlo the Mouse on Vacation, The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Good Morning, World!, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse and The Little Girl Praying on the Hill(a short story for an older audience).
Coming in 2014: The Royal Palmand Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We’re Talking!
The full series of Carlo the Mouse and her new books, The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet, That Is How Things Are (two connected stories): The Autumn Wind, and The Kitten and the Sparrow, and three rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? will be published in the near future. Her books are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular electronic devices. For updates on Mrs. D.’s books, please visit her website: www.mrsdbooks.net.
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