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cats in books
This post contains affiliate links  Cats are introduced into our lives almost from birth and become popular companions through the books, songs and nursery rhymes shared with babies and children. From the very beginning the nursery rhymes  “The Three Little Kittens” and “Hey Diddle Diddle”, the stories “The Tale Of Tom Kitten”,  “Puss In Boots”,  and “The Owl And The Pussycat” and many, many more introduce cats and kittens to us and become part of  our world. As beginning readers children discover “The Cat In The […]

Cats In Books

This post contains affiliate links   Things were running very smoothly and most of the creatures were highly please with themselves. Lion was already famous. Even the little shrews and moles and spiders were pretty well known.   But among all those busy creatures there was one who seemed to be getting nowhere. It was Cat.   Cat was a real oddity. The others didn’t know what to make of him at all.   And so begins one of the […]

How The Cat Became ~ Ted Hughes

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary
“It was 20 years ago today”….. The first book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (or Sorcerers Stone depending where in the world you are)”  dropped into the muggle world, from the creative mind of JK Rowling. And the reading world was never the same. Children who had no interest in books became voracious readers and waited so impatiently for the next book to fall from the heavens to land in their local bookstores. Libraries had […]

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary!

The Spring Is A Cat
The Spring Is A Cat On a cat’s fur soft as pollen, The mild Spring’s fragrance lingers. In a cat’s eyes round as golden bells, The mad Spring’s flame glows. On a cat’s gently closed lips, The soft Springs’ drowsiness lies. On a cat’s sharp whiskers, The green Spring’s life dances. Jang Hi Lee translated Chang Soo Koh  

The Spring Is A Cat ~ Jang Hi Lee

the tyger william blake
  The Tyger Tyger Tyger. burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes! On what wings dare he aspire! What the hand, dare sieze the fire? And what shoulder, & what art, Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? & what dread feet? What the hammer? what the […]

The Tyger ~ William Blake

~ The last words and thoughts for the wondrous creatures who have shared our lives are often trapped in our minds and can’t get out. Sometimes only the poets and writers can say it best. ~     Last Word To A Dumb Friend Pet was never mourned as you, Purrer of the spotless hue, Plumy tail, and wistful gaze While you humoured our queer ways, Or outshrilled your morning call Up the stairs and through the hall – Foot […]

Last Word To A Dumb Friend ~ Thomas Hardy

    For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not — and very surely do I not dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a […]

Halloween Reading – The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

kitten falling leaves
It’s the last day of September. Skies are grey, wind is whipping. Colors are changing. Yes, it’s autumn. A busy time for cats. The Kitten and the Falling Leaves That way look, my infant, lo! What a pretty baby-show! See the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall. Withered leaves – one – two and three from the lofty elder tree. Though the calm and frosty air, of this morning bright and fair. Eddying round and round […]

The Kitten And The Falling Leaves ~ William Wordsworth

Last Word To A Dumb Friend
Cat and Lady They were at play, she and her cat, And it was marvellous to mark The white paw and the white hand pat Each other in the deepening dark. The stealthy little lady hid Under her mittens’ silken sheath Her deadly agate nails that thrid The silk-like dagger points of death. The cat purred primly and drew in Her claws that were of steele filed thin: The devil was in it all the same. And in the boudoir, […]

Cat And Lady ~ Paul Verlaine

the owl and pussycat roald dahl
This post contains an affiliate link The Owl and the Pussy-cat The Owl and the Pussy-cat went away In a beautiful pea-green car. At a nearby inn they had some gin And  pound of caviar. The Owl looked up to the stars above And sang to a small guitar, “Oh lovely Pussy! Oh Pussy my love! What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, What a beautiful Pussy you are!” Pussy said to the Owl, “Oh, you dirty old fowl! […]

The Owl And The Pussy-Cat ~ Roald Dahl

I’m Only a Cat I’m only a cat, and I stay in my place… Up there on your chair, on your bed or your face! I’m only a cat, and I don’t finick much… I’m happy with cream and anchovies and such! I’m only a cat, and we’ll get along fine… As long as you know I’m not yours… you’re all mine! Anonymous

I’m Only A Cat ~ Anonymous

poems by cats
This post contains affiliate links.   I Could Pee On This And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano is pocket sized book of poetry that packs such a punch of wit, truth and observation that after reading it – if you don’t understand cat behavior – you might, just might get it. Quirky and perceptive this little volume is humorous, pointed and in spare words portrays the aloof, somewhat superior attitude that cats often leave their human’s feeling. After reading this […]

I Could Pee On This And Other Poems By Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

see the kitten on the wall
See The Kitten On The Wall See the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall, Withered leaves – one – two – and three, from the lofty elder tree! Through the calm and frosty air, of this morning bright and fail… -But the kitten, how she starts; Crouches, stretches, paws and darts! First at one, and then its fellow, just as light and just as yellow; There are many now-now one-now they stop and there are none; […]

See The Kitten On The Wall ~ William Wordsworth

Cat licking lips
Cat Unfussy lodger, she knows what she wants and gets it: Food, cushions, fires, the run of the garden. I, her night porter in the small hours, Don’t bother to grumble, grimly let her in. To that coldness she purrs assent, Eats her fill and outwits me, Plays hide and seek in the dark house. Only at times, by chance meeting the gaze Of her amber eyes that can rest on me As on a beech-bole, on bracken or meadow […]

Cat ~ Michael Hamburger

Last Word To A Dumb Friend
  The Prayer of The Cat Lord, I am the cat. It is not, exactly, that I have something to ask of You! No – I ask nothing of anyone – but, if You have by some chance, in some celestial barn, a little white mouse, or a saucer of milk, I know someone who would relish them. Wouldn’t You like someday to put a curse on the whole race of dogs? If so I should say. AMEN Carmen Bernos […]

The Prayer Of The Cat ~ Carmen Bernos de Casztold

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness illustrated by Gris Grimly
  This post contains affiliate links. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story that was published in 1843 and like many of Poe’s stories deals with mystery, sanity and the supernatural. Tense and fear provoking this story has been given a somewhat edgy  treatment for young readers in the book, “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness” illustrated by Gris Grimly.  Drawing upon the story of “The Black Cat” (and 3 other Poe stories) Gris Grimly has […]

Halloween Reading – The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Gris Grimly