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Holly: The True Story of a Cat

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews
From a popular author/illustrator, the enchanting story of holly the cat -- ideal for Christmas and all year long.

She was just a tiny kitten and she was abandoned. Someone found her and gave her to us. Because it was nearly Christmas, we called her Holly.

Holly is an abandoned kitten adopted at Christmastime. Shy at first, she slowly gains more and more confidence in her n
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published January 1st 1999)
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midnightfaerie
Another amazing Ruth Brown book that both I and my children both loved. The illustrations were once again smart and beautiful. My 5 yr old loves these stories, and my 3 yr old twins along with me, just love the pictures. This one was a true story about Brown's cat, and I believe a self portrait toward the end as she talked about Holly, her cat keeping her company while she worked. Another delightful edition to the Ruth Brown collection.
Kathryn
The illustrations are absolutely darling (the cover art doesn't do the book justice) and the story is a sweet one about a cat who is given a loving home for Christmas. The Christmas scene is very brief and most of the story is about Holly growing up and becoming a mommy cat herself, so this could really be read at any time of the year.
Edward Creter
Holly is a stay-at-home cat named for a Christmas wreath, though not to be confused with the fictional wife in a Christmas themed action film called Die Hard which has terrorists for some reason (Holly-Wood feels tis the season for machine guns, I guess) but there is nothing terrorizing about this kitty cat. She simply loves Christmas and her family. We as humans should take a cue from Holly. She's lit'rally a bushel of love for the holiday season!
Karen
I LOVED this book. Maybe because we tend to be the home for stray/abandoned kittens. Maybe because the illustrations are so sweet and perfect (purrfect) I want to pet the fuzzy kitten head. Maybe because of both of those reasons.
Sq.Hill Library
The illustrations in this loving little book are so adorable they make the tiny kitten leap off the page. A great and touching Christmas story, sure to make any young pet lover be pleased that the kitten Holly finds a home after a sad abandonment. Touching and sweet, with beautiful watercolor portraits, and a sense of humor.
Bree
Notes:
such life-like illustrations
short story for ages 3+
abandoned cat finds a home and raises kittens
the kids love this one
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Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books. She has created a great many picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She is married to artist Ken Brown and they have two grown-up sons and one grandchild.
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