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The Klondike Cat: 10/26/10
Back when Harriet was going through her cat book phase, I saw The Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson on display at my library. We happened to be re-watching Gay Purr-ee at the same time which has a scene where Jaune-Tom and Robespierre are shanghaied and sold as ship's cats on a clipper bound for the Klondike. So the combination of cats and the Klondike Gold Rush were fresh on our minds. The book seemed like a perfect fit for us.
Noah and his pa are moving to the Klondike. Noah can't bear to leave his beloved cat and smuggles her into his bag. His decision to bring her along has good and bad consequences. Fortunately Noah and his dad are able to reach a compromise over the cat. It ended up opening a conversation about how Ian and I have moved with Caligula cat many times, including from Southern to Northern California.
Coupled with the story's historical setting and a father and son moving out to the wilderness are Paul Mombourquette's gorgeous illustrations. The book is worth a second read just to appreciate the artwork.