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Cat in the Manger by Michael Foreman

Cat in the Manger

by Michael Foreman

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The Nativity Story is retold from a cat's perspective in this picture-book from Michael Foreman, the prolific British children's author and artist who has twice won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations. Recalling a particularly cold night, when he was thankful to have a warm barn in which to live, the cat unfolds the tale of the human couple who sought shelter there, of the baby that was born, and of the many visitors, both great and humble, that came to see him. He concludes with the extraordinary change (for a cat!) that the events of that night worked in him...

Although I wouldn't describe Cat in the Manger as one of my favorites, when it comes to picture-books describing animals involved in or witnessing the birth of Jesus - I much prefer titles like The Friendly Beasts: A Traditional Christmas Carol, or The Animals' Christmas Carol - it is still fairly engaging. The artwork is quite lovely - I liked Mary's face, as she was looking down at her newborn baby - and I thought it was sweet (albeit completely unlikely) how the infant's message of peace is enacted in the cat's life. Recommended to young readers looking for Christmas stories featuring cats. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 23, 2013 |
The story of the birth of Jesus from the perspective of a barnyard Cat. ( )
  patsila | Dec 29, 2008 |
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A moving retelling of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of one little cat

"Everything was silent. It was as if all the animals held their breath. We looked at the baby, and the baby looked at us."

A long time ago in a faraway land, a cat lived in a barn. He had to share it with the other animals: cows and goats, chickens and . . . mice! But that was all right; he was a good mouser.

Then one wintry night the door flew open and in came a man and a woman to take shelter from the snow. Soon the cat heard the cry of a new baby. Visitors came to kneel before the family. In the crowded barn, every face was turned to the tiny infant.

Through the eyes of one small cat, award-winning author/illustrator Michael Foreman retells the wondrous story of the first Christmas.

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A small cat reminisces about events that took place around the manger where it was sleeping on the night the baby Jesus was born.

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