When I was a kid, I loved reading, and naturally my favorite books were about cats! Today, I’d like to offer you a look at a children’s book with lovely illustrations called How The Cat Got Its Whiskers by Harris Tobias and illustrated by Evalena Jönsson Lunde.
The story begins introducing our feline heroes, who are completely bald! In this fairytale, “when the world was new,” cats have no fur. The King of Cats and his subjects are freezing cold, and they need something to keep them warm. They wrap themselves in blankets to provide warmth, but this is simply not good enough!
The King of Cats must find an answer to this problem.
The King of Cats sends his four trusted amabassadors to the ends of the earth to talk to other animals to discover their secrets of staying warm. The four amabassadors each visit the Kingdom of the Fishes, the Kingdom of the Birds, the Kingdom of the Snakes, and the Kingdom of the Rats. Each Kingdom sends the ambassador back to the King with a glorious new outfit to try on–everything from scales, to feathers, to snakeskin, to see if they provide the warmth the cats need… Except for the clever Rats, who try to trick the King of Cats without revealing their secrets of warmth!
The King of Cats does not like to be fooled. This means war with the rats, and leads to the King’s final solution to his problem.
This is a book I would have adored as a kid, and I would have spent many hours trying to replicate the pretty illustrations. You and your little one will just love to see the different outfits from the other animal kingdoms the King tries on, and laugh at his reactions to each outfit! This is a fun, quick read, with an engaging but easy to understand story. What little cat lover wouldn’t adore a fairytale about a kingdom of kitty cats?
The book is available as an e-book at a steal for both Kindle and Nook! You can also get your hands on a beautiful printed copy at CreateSpace. I don’t have any children, but I don’t think I could resist an e-book copy all for myself!