"A cute tale"

THE CAT WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS is a reprint of one year in the life of Polar Bear the cat who adopted his biographer as his human pet. It was the night before Christmas when "Sergeant" reluctantly drafted Cleveland Amory (everyone else went home for the holidays so she was stuck with Cleveland as her assistant) to rescue a New York alley cat. They succeed, but Cleveland is forced to take the mangy creature into his Manhattan residence for the Yuletide season. Though an animal lover and activist, Cleveland hopes to quickly find a home for his temporary lodger, but soon Snow Bear's lure hooks Cleveland into keeping the feline as his roommate. This book tells their first year adventures in living together.

Though over fifteen year old and reprinted after the death of Mr. Amory, this nonfiction novel remains one of the best Christmas stories around. The book is clearly for feline lovers, but other pet owners and even the bah humbug I hate cat lovers will relish this delightful ageless story of the love and bond between a cat and his Homo sapiens significant other.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 29, 2001


The Cat Who Came For Christmas
by Cleveland Amory

Penguin USA
November 1, 2001
ISBN #0316058211
224 pages
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