Pre-Television Kids Lit

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This book was published in 1928. The length of the story, the style of the artwork and the plot make an interesting contrast to children’s books published more recently.I found myself wondering how pre-television children reacted to the stories they were told. The portrayal of cats and feline behavior is also interesting. Well worth a look.

I’ve seen hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats – and not one was as pretty as this one.

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

Crow Cures Cat’s Fear

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This story addresses experience-based fear.It may be the perfect story for a child who is dealing with the aftermath of a really scary experience.

Story Synopsis: The cat is…well…a cat and, therefore, loves sitting on the roof of his city-based home. One day he jumps after a crow and falls off the roof, through a canopy and into the arms of a man standing on the sidewalk. In other words, he has a  traumatic near-death experience. While the cat is physically unharmed, he spends some time hiding in the house, terrified of almost everything. Then, one day, another crow comes along and he just can’t help but be himself (a cat).

Nothing was broken except his spirit…Until a crow showed up and that inner beast stirred again. The crow flew up, the cat jumped up. The crow went up, the cat went up, and up, and up…until he found himself on top of the world again.

Tiptop Cat by C. Roger Mader

Wanting to Belong

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“He had belonged to someone once and she had belonged to him…Someone who knew his name. Now everyone called him Get out of here! But the scrawny cat knew his name was not Get out of here!”

“The woman took the scrawny cat inside her house.”

“Skipper isn’t scrawny anymore. He is a real sailor cat now. But best of all, Skipper belongs to Emma and Emma belongs to Skipper.”

Scrawny Cat by Alison Friend

Please Come Inside

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“Won’t you please come inside and get warm? Dragon asked. But the fat cat did not come inside. The fact cat just sat in the snow and said, “Meow!” …Dragon went outside and scooped away at the snow. He scooped and scooped until he found the cat. “You are coming with me,” said Dragon. And he took the cold cat inside.”

Dragon Tales by Dav Pilkey

In the spirit of cold weather animal rescue, here are a few more links: