It’s been a little while since I’ve teared up while reading a picture book. There are so many beautifully written and illustrated books out there, but when I saw Lost Cat, by C. Roger Mader, I had to read it. This was partly because of Valerie’s wonderfully enthusiastic recommendation of the book, and in part because the little cat, Slipper, looks exactly like my beloved little cat, Whisky. I finished the book a little teary-eyed (in a happy way), and I have read it twice since then.
Slipper is living with her person, whom she only knows as Mrs. Fluffy Slippers. She sleeps on her owner’s slippers every night. One day, the cat’s best friend moves away. By the time that Mrs. Fluffy Slippers has realized that Slipper is missing, it is too late! Slipper has already set out to find her owner.
With gorgeous illustrations, Lost Cat tells the story of Slipper’s journey to “find someone new to adopt.” She travels far and wide and meets many different feet, but she still misses those fluffy slippers. This poignant little book ends happily, with Slipper finding her owner’s granddaughter and following her home. This book was so touching that I brought it home to share with some other cat lovers in my life. From Mader’s illustrations and the story itself, it is clear that he loves cats, too. Slipper was so expressively drawn that I was sure that I was looking at my own cat. Here’s a great touch: Roger Mader, the author, got his story inspiration “in the form of a scrawny little gray and white cat” who came to his door and adopted him and his wife.
If you or someone you know loves cats, this is the book for you! In keeping with the theme, on May 4 at 3 pm, we have a fantastic program for young cat lovers (ages 3-7) called Stories for Cat Lovers, and you might just catch one of us reading Slipper’s story aloud. This is sure to be a fun afternoon filled with cat stories, cat crafts and cat facts. Learn about our favourite felines while finding out what you can do to help the CSL cat population. We’re teaming up with the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee to bring you this event, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Register at 514-485-6900 ext. 4111!
If you can’t make it on May 4, take some time to read this wonderful and heartwarming book.