Prancie's Prayer by Ellen Pilch‘Prancie’s Prayer’ by Ellen Pilch tells the story of ‘Pumpkin’, a little ginger cat, who was abandoned into the cold of winter.  Hungry and alone, she tries to find food and shelter against the bitter weather.  She finds a garden which has a bowl of dog food in it, she hurries over only to be chased away by a big St Bernard dog. 

Next door is a happier scene of two adults and their niece, putting up Christmas decorations.  They look friendly, Pumpkin thinks, so she waits until they’ve gone indoors before meowing loudly at the door.  On opening the door, Pumpkin rushes in. David, one of the adults, says that Pumpkin can’t stay as they have enough cats already, but the niece begs her uncle and he relents – just for one day!

As Pumpkin keeps dancing around, they decide to call her ‘Prancie’ and she settles down in their bedroom that night.  She wakes early in the morning and knocks the alarm clock off the side which wakes them up.  They notice the power has gone off and if Prancie hadn’t woken them up, David would have been late for work, so he allows her to stay permanently.

The niece believes that Prancie prayed that she’d be allowed to stay – hence the title of the book.

Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo, in bright colours, every child will love this story, the simplistic language and the sentiment and the message about being kind to others.  But it’s not a book just for children; people of ALL ages will love this book.

Published by Mirror Publishing, it’s available in paperback and on Kindle.  The ISBN number is:

979 – 1 -61225 – 407- 4     

A Cats Prayer

Lead me down all the right paths,
Keep me from fleas, bees, and baths.
Let me in should it storm,
Keep me safe, fed, and warm.

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