Cover image for Cat in the manger
Title:
Cat in the manger
Author:
Foreman, Michael, 1938-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, 2001.

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm
Summary:
A small cat reminisces about events that took place around the manger where it was sleeping on the night the baby Jesus was born.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 55948.
ISBN:
9780805066777
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

Michael Foreman was born in Pakefield, Suffolk on March 21, 1938. At the age of fifteen, Foreman began to study art. His first children's book was published while he was still a student. He earned his M. A. from the Royal College of Art and since then, has written and/or illustrated many children's books.

After leaving art school Michael traveled all over the world making films and television commercials. He has also worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, and TV ads. He even worked for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses.

Foreman has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice, the Smarties Book Prize, The Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award twice.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. Foreman tells the Nativity story from the viewpoint of a scruffy cat who must give up his place in the manger to the newborn baby. The large paintings are bathed in blue light as the cat, together with the cows, goats, chickens, and mice, sees Joseph and Mary seek shelter in the stable and watches the baby after he is born. The simple words express the wonder: "The baby stopped crying. Everything was silent. It was as if all the animals held their breath. We looked at the baby, and the baby looked at us." That feeling of awe is also in the pictures as the shepherds come and the three splendid kings on their huge camels. But the small cat's viewpoint also brings intimacy to the momentous event, even if it's hard to believe the cat's transformation at the close: it will now give up catching mice. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

The barn cat has the floor in this appealing addition to the "animals at the Nativity" mini-genre. Addressing the audience directly, the feline gives an eyewitness account of the miracle that occurred when some very special visitors arrived at the barn, interrupting the animals' night of sleep. Foreman's (Michael Foreman's Mother Goose) gorgeous, shadowy watercolors of the Middle East are awash in the soft, holy light generated by the infant in the manger. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A cat tells what happened on a snowy night when a man and a woman take shelter in his barn, and a baby is born. The feline is unceremoniously tipped out of the manger to make room for the infant and others come to marvel at him-sheep and shepherds; three men and their grumpy camels; chickens, cows, and rows and rows of mice. All of the visitors leave, but since that day, the cat hasn't had the heart to catch a single mouse. Young children who already know the Nativity story will enjoy this retelling from the animal's point of view. Foreman's illustrations effectively capture the interplay between the everyday life of the animals in the barn and the wondrous events surrounding the birth of this very special baby.-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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