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The original publication from the 80s is a wonderful story! It’s been updated and was changed significantly in the 2nd edition—so I went to find the first edition and it’s so many memories of story time when I was little! The original artwork is so beautiful! My daughter loves it now as well—the kitty looks just like our fur baby!
A gentle sweet story that is a delight to share with little ones. My 30-something daughter loved it at bedtime. Now that it’s available again we are gifting it often. Gorgeous illustrations. Lovely book.
Besides the aspects other reviewers have praised (pleasingly simple storyline, beautiful illustrations, positive image of nursing), this is also a great new sibling book. The book does not explicitly address the baby's arrival or any sibling rivalry issues, yet it portrays a family successfully juggling two children. The parents take turns with various child care tasks, and everybody's needs are met -- what a warm image of how a new baby can be worked into a family's routines. My daughter (almost 3) enjoyed this book from the library several months ago, and now that she is a sister-to-be, we're buying our own copy. I want to prepare her for the baby's arrival, but I'm wary of overdoing it with new baby books; this subtle sibling book is a welcome addition to our collection.
Not only is this book gorgeously illustrated, but one of the pages depicts a mother happily nursing her baby. I cherish any book that solidifies nursing as normal! However the best thing about this book are the pages without text, left open for creative interpretation, teaching children how to use their own imagination! This book is superb.
I bought this book for my daughter because I heard it contained positive breastfeeding imagery. There is one page where the mother nurses the baby in a rocking chair. It is absolutely beautiful, as is the entire book. I was pleased to see the rural setting that reminded me of my own childhood. A gorgeous book for anyone, whether interested in the nursing scene or not!
I had this book years ago and somehow, lost it. I remembered Ashley Wolff's name because of the weird spelling of the last name and thought I'd give Amazon a try! Sure enough they had it! I am delighted that I now have this book on my shelf again. It's a timeless book, a real keeper. Thanks for stocking it!
The illustrations make this book as the text is very simple and quite repetitive- the humans are busy with the family, but the cat pays attention. The cat watches a rain storm, a hunting owl, the roosters, the nighttime= all the wonderful things that cats notice. Finally, in the morning the cat falls asleep and the little girl starts noticing things the other family members miss.
There is an older girl- maybe 6, and a baby boy so this would be a great story for someone who has a new baby sibling. My favorite human scene is when the mom gets up during the night to feed the baby brother and has a look of peace and contentment- every mother's favorite part of baby nights. I would have given the book 5 stars if the baby got to snuggle in bed with his mom- it would have seemed just a bit more real. I still recommend the book highly.