One Kitten for Kim
Adelaide Holl ~ Don Madden ~ Addison-Wesley, 1969
Don Madden is an artist I'd definitely like to know more about, just in case anyone is holding out on the biographical information. Quintessential 1960s children's illustrator and more, at our house we love everything about his work. The colors. The animal faces. The characters. My son will never turn down a book by Don once he gets an eyeful of the art. (And writer Adelaide Holl isn't too shabby herself.)
Sooooo, Kim's cat Geraldine has kittens, see? And his mom insists he must get rid of them. That he can only keep one kitten, so he loads up the kittens into a basket and the basket into a wagon and goes in search of a new home for each. Only everyone he finds to give a kitten away to, gives him something in exchange. A comedy of errors of sorts, it ends on a delightfully-oblivious defiant note...
Kim peered into the jar. There was a tiny green animal covered with scales. It had a little pointed face and a long green tail.
"I've never seen a chameleon before," cried Kim excitedly. "Yes, thank you! I sure would like to have it!"
Carefully he set the glass jar in his wagon, and away he went home with an empty basket, two fish in a bowl, one green parrot in a cage, a wiggly brown puppy in a box, a shiny black rooster in a crate and a tiny chameleon in a jar. As he pulled his wagon into the yard Kim shouted excitedly, "Hey, Mom, Dad!" I found a home for every single kitten! Aren't you glad?"
I know I would be.
The last time I looked, my son had nine pets, but who's counting?
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