As I write this review, I'm surrounded by my cats, one with his paw on my arm, the others all tucked in, perfect for a Christmas story that celebrates cats. Three Wise Cats by Harold M. Konstantelos & Terri Jenkins-Brady tells a beautiful story of three cats who followed a star.
The Siamese Ptolemy had to stay with his aging astronomer master, but he knew about the star, and he sent three young kittens to follow the star and find the Messiah. Together, they weren't even four years old - "Kezia, the coquettish tabby, who could catch a mouse as quickly as one could blink; Abishag, who felt she could overcome any adversity after being orphaned at only four weeks; and Ira, youngest of the three and boldest because of his youth." There was a prophecy about "the three finding the one", so Kezia, Abishag and Ira set off, followed by Asmodeus the rat, determined to thwart and bother the three cats.
The authors actually tell a fascinating story as the cats meet up with a Roman centurion who rescues Ira, and then a sea captain who carries them on their journey until they actually meet with three wise men named Kaspar, Mechior and Balthazar. And, all along the way, the cats mature and grow wiser, until they know how to meet a babe in a manger.
So many Christmas stories have a little magic to them. For cat lovers, Three Wise Cats is a magical story of three cats who behave like cats, catching mice and rats, preening, and prancing. At the same time, the book satisfies a cat lover's feeling that cats have secrets and adventures that we don't share. It's a perfect story of love, trust and faith for the Christmas season.
Three Wise Cats by Harold M. Konstantelos & Terri Jenkins-Brady. Berkley. 2005. ISBN 9780425230367 (hardcover), 198p.
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