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The Christmas Cat

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A cozy Nativity story for those who love Christmas and cats.

All babies are beautiful and all babies cry. Jesus was no exception. On the night he was born, nothing Mary, Joseph, or the animals in the stable could do would comfort him. But when a curious kitten wanted its turn to calm the baby Jesus, a loving friendship blossomed on that very first Christmas.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Dial Books
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Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for Engaging New Christmas Tales for Younger Children
"Jesus was beautiful, like all babies. And like all babies, he cried." And so begins the narrative of The Christmas Cat, a touching Nativity story featuring a loving little feline who manages, when all the other animals in the stable fail, to comfort the Christ child. As child and kitten grow, they become good friends, and when Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus must flee from Herod, their feline companion comes along...

Apparently inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's La Madonna del Gatto, which shows th
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a super cute children's book and perfect for the holidays! My family has cats and my daughter loves them, so this was a great read for us. I definitely plan on passing it along to other members of the family so they can enjoy it and maybe add it to their collection as well! ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Based on Leonardo da Vinci's "LA Madonna Del Gatto" this is a beautiful nativity story about Mary, baby Jesus and his little cat who purred him to sleep. I seriously cried in public. ...more
The illustrations by Amy Junes Bates are so beautiful it takes awhile to just look at everything on the page. My kids loved looking at the pictures through this book. I have never heard of the legend of a cat comforting Jesus but this story is really neat. My kids loved this story and all think that it's a good possibility that Jesus had a kitten for a pet. We really loved this story and how it portray the characters. ...more
Maggie Mattmiller
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First I have to say I received a free copy of this from Goodreads...

So I thought this was a sweet story with beautiful pictures. I didn't know anything about the Da Vinci painting this book is based on until I read the author's note. Having read that, I liked the story even more! (Gave me an idea as to why it was a kitten and not a puppy! I thought it also is a cool way to introduce classic art to children!)

I did think it was interesting that the book says at one point "Love had saved them". I'm
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting retelling

An imaginative telling of a cat that became Jesus' pet the day he was born in the stable through his family's escape to Egypt. The author notes she was inspired to write the book from da Vinci's "La Madonna del Gatto" paintings. This telling is simple and short with good illustrations.

I love the way the book opens, "Jesus was beautiful, like all babies. And like all babies, he cried." For some reason there's this popular idea that since Jesus was perfect (sinless) that mea
Lacey Louwagie
I said I wasn't above reading picture books for my 100-book challenge, and what do you know, I'm making good on it already! That's mainly coincidental -- I found out about this book around Christmas but didn't get it until the New Year, so it was pretty easy to make it #1.

This is a sweet little story about Jesus' childhood kitty companion. The illustrations are the best part, very expressive with lots of adorable depictions of Jesus and the cat. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus actually look Middle Easte
Amy Holland
Popularity/appeal rating: 4

Quality rating: 4

In a one-sentence nutshell:
Baby Jesus won't stop crying until a tiny orange kitten curls up next to him. The kitten sticks around and becomes Jesus' pet cat, and even travels with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus when they flee to Egypt (although there's a tense moment when it seems as though the cat will get left behind).

This story was inspired by da Vinci's drawings of Madonna del Gatto, and it's a neat interpretation of the nativity story. I think this would
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is the story for cat lovers who want to share the story of baby Jesus with their children. A crying Jesus needs comforting, and a little kitten fits the bill. A story more about friendship with pets than the story of Christ. It's filled with beautiful pictures, and is based on a legend of a cat living in the stable in Bethlehem. It was inspired by the author's childhood trip to an art museum with a picture drawn by Leonardo da Vinci of Mary, Jesus, and the cat. ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Inspired by a Leonardo da Vinci drawing that depicts the Madonna with the Christ child holding a cat and the legend that there was a cat in the stable on the night Jesus was born. "If this were true, the cat might have become Jesus's pet."

Who wouldn't be soothed by the purring of an affectionate cat? Tells the story up to the time Mary and Joseph must flee to Egypt to avoid Herod's soldiers, cat in tow. Sweet story.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
This book pictures Jesus as like all babies. He cries, and his mother can't calm his cry. There is a tiny kitten in the stable, who goes and cuddles up to Jesus, and calms his crying. They become friends as time goes on, and he hides, so he will be taken with the family, when they travel to Egypt. Nice story. I'm looking for stories to tell at our churches Nativity Event. This will be one of the stories I will tell. ...more
This story begins with the nativity scene, but takes readers beyond that scene to the Holy family's escape into Egypt, accompanied by their pet cat. The story was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of Madonna, the Child, and a fat cat. The watercolor illustrations in muted colors perfectly complement the quiet story. ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another new book for our Christmas library, this one will make the annual rotation, for sure. Both my 9 and 5 year old children paid close attention, and loved the idea that Jesus might have had a special pet as a child. The pictures are beautiful, and the prose is poetic, both fun to read and listen to. Enchanting.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reading this, I thought it was cute, but a little odd since cats are rarely, if at all, mentioned in the Bible. But then, there was a note from the author in the back of the book with a copy of a Leonardo da Vinci drawing with the mother Mary, Jesus on her lap, and Jesus was holoding a cat. There is also a legend about a cat in the stable. A cute story and interesting lore.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked how you included information about the Da Vinci drawing. I loved the illustrations they were beautiful ant they capture the story well. The book in general was great for kids, I will definitely keep read this to my Sunday school and recomend it to other people. Thank you so much!!!
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story of a kitten who lulls the infant Christ to sleep and how they grow up together. I was going to give this book 4 stars until I saw the sketch of da Vinci's La Madonna del Gatto (Madonna of the Cat) at the end and I thought this story is a beautiful tie-ion to that work of art. ...more
Barbara Tierney
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I curled up to read The Christmas Cat and became totally charmed by the story and pictures. I can't wait to read
to my 3 year old granddaughter and expect it will be part of her collection of Christmas classics. I'm not a cat person but I found myself wanting to cuddle that cat!
Pamela Kramer
Who says cats and babies don't go together?

Read the whole review at: The Christmas Cat
Monica Williams
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a cat lover of course I fell in love with this book. Baby Jesus is just like every other baby, and a little cuddly kitten helps to soothe him. Cute baby, cute kitten how can you go wrong with this sweet Christmas tale?
loved the illustrations. sweet story, but truly a story. there is a legend but that's all it is a legend about a tabby cat in the manger with Baby Jesus. The author crafted her own version to delight those who select this sweet book. ...more
Wendy Kuzma
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sweet story of the birth and infancy of Jesus with fictional details. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of La Madonna del Gatto where the baby Jesus is shown petting a cat. ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet Christmas story for Pre-K and/or Kindergarten
Lisa Rathbun
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
A very sweet book with absolutely lovely illustrations about an inconsolable infant Jesus that is only soothed by a friendly kitten who becomes his beloved pet.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A nice story about a kitten who soothes Baby Jesus when he is crying.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a nice story but a little long. Very cute illustrations.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Such a cute way to tell the true meaning of Christmas!
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Baby Jesus just can not be calmed down by any one until a small kitten arrives.
Amanda Keenan
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cute, but I personally do not like where people add to scripture. The story follows Jesus as a baby, claiming he would cry except when the cat would purr until Jesus fell asleep. Adorable but not something I’ll read to my kids each year.
Clara bella rock
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute story line
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
This Christmas story is inspired by the Leonardo da Vinci painting “La Madonna del Gators,” which features Mary cuddling baby Jesus and a cat. It imagines that a cat comforts a crying baby Jesus with its purring and helps him fall asleep. It then imagines it becoming Jesus’ pet as he grows up. The story is cute and has nice illustrations, but it is a bit too long. It would be better if it ended with the cat comforting baby Jesus on Christmas night.
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