Pilgrim Cat

Written by Carol Antoinette Peacock
Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
Albert Whitman & Co. 2006
Ages 7-10, Grades 2-5

Available in Paperback.

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“With a mighty leap, a cat chases a mouse onto the deck of the departing Mayflower.”

“When Faith and her family make the long journey across the Atlantic in the little ship the Mayflower, Faith makes a friend on the ship. Her new friend is a cat whom she calls Pounce and the little girl and the cat are soon very close.

“...The author tells us not only the story of the Pilgrims and their adventures, their trials, and their successes. She also shares with us a very simple and loving story about the relationship between a child and her pet cat. By doing so she makes the Pilgrim story seem more real and more tangible, for loving a pet is something many of us can identify with.

“Doris Ettlinger's artwork beautifully sets off this tale with its earthy, lifelike colors, its careful attention to detail, and the many different perspectives and forms of presentation that the artist uses. We are constantly delighted and surprised as we turn the pages, finding new treasures to enjoy each time.”-Through the Looking Glass Book Review

"With a pleasing variety of layouts and perspectives, Ettlinger's soft watercolors portray the setting and add emotion to the narrative. The attention-grabbing cover features the cat, large in the foreground, with a scene of settlement life in the background. Interesting details and a touch of old-fashioned language convey just the right amount of information to introduce readers to this part of history. An excellent choice for units on the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving and for holiday picture-book collections." - School Library Journal

"...the child's perspective, the inclusion of a cuddly warm cat, and the well-researched illustrations will bring readers back again and again. Watercolor illustrations are delicate and accurately rendered, complementing the gentle but interesting Thanksgiving tale." - Kirkus Reviews