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Cat Dreams: 03/21/10
Sean and I were shopping for a birthday present and we happened to swing by the books section of Toys R Us. It's not a place we normally buy books but there was an autographed picture book by local science fiction author Ursula K Le Guin. That by itself was a win but the fact that it sported a calico cat it became a must have.
Like When Cats Dream, Cat Dreams focuses on what goes on in a cat's head when she curls up for her nap. The calico (who looks a great deal like our own Caligula cat) tired from playing lies down for a nap in bed (just like Caligula) and dreams.
But Ursula K. Le Guin has done dream worlds before and although Cat Dreams is not by any stretch of the word a science fiction book, it pulls from her experience in that genre. Her dream world involves mice rain, a world without dogs and fountains of kibbles and cream.
As anyone who had read Lathe of Heaven knows, the dream world isn't perfect. The little calico discovers that too. Fortunately for the calico, her dream world stays in the dream world.
S. D. Schindler, who did the illustrations for Le Guin's Catwings series also did the pictures for Cat Dreams.