PENGUIN GROUP TO RELEASE HOLIDAY CHILDREN’S BOOK, THE CHRISTMAS CAT OCTOBER 17, 2013
Critically Acclaimed Author Maryann Macdonald draws inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci in latest offering
“Fresh and touching…a Christmas story to share and savor all the year long.”
— Richard Peck, Newbery award winner.
SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2013) – Critically acclaimed author Maryann Macdonald announces the release of her highly anticipated holiday children’s book, The Christmas Cat (Penguin Group). Available nationwide on October 17, 2013, The Christmas Cat is a beautifully written read-aloud depiction of the Nativity story told in a new way and unique way with glowing illustrations by Amy Bates.
The inspiration for Macdonald’s soon-to-be published book came from Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of, La Madonna del Gatto, the Madonna of the cat (circa. 1480-1481). In the drawings, Mary is lovingly holding the baby Jesus who is embracing a cat. After seeing the drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Macdonald wondered, “Was it possible that Jesus might have had a pet cat?” Then she learned of a legend about a cat living in the stable who purred Jesus to sleep the night he was born, and began to imagine the long, loving relationship the two might have had.
In support of The Christmas Cat, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will offer the title in their onsite bookstore, and is currently considering The Christmas Cat for their 2014 Christmas catalog. The book will also be featured in Bookspan’s book club.
“The Christmas Cat, with Amy June Bates’ luminous illustrations, will awaken children to the beauty of the Nativity story in a new way,” says Macdonald. “My hope is that this book brings children, who love animals, closer to the childhood of Jesus, who loves us all.”
Macdonald has written more than 25 books for children, including the historical novel Odette’s Secrets. Based on a true story, this “gentle introduction to the Holocaust” tells of a Jewish child who survives WWII by hiding in plain sight with the help of Christian friends. The book has received much critical praise and became an Amazon children’s/teen bestseller during the summer of 2013.
For more information about The Christmas Cat, visit http://www.maryannmacdonald.com/the-christmas-cat/.
The Christmas Cat
Age Range: 3-5 years
Price: $16.99 (USD)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Release date: October 17, 2013
ISBN 13: 978-0803734982
About Maryann Macdonald
Maryann Macdonald grew up near Detroit with seven brothers and sisters. She lived for many years in Europe, but has now settled in New York City. One day, while exploring the Metropolitan Museum there, she discovered the Leonardo da Vinci drawing that inspired her to write The Christmas Cat. She has written many books for children. For more information, visit www.maryannmacdonald.com.
About Penguin Group
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally renowned Penguin Group, one of the largest English-language trade book publishers in the world. Formed in 1996 as a result of the merger between Penguin Books USA and The Putnam Berkley Group, Penguin Group (USA), under the stewardship of Chief Executive Officer, David Shanks, and President, Susan Petersen Kennedy, is a leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publisher. For more information, visit www.penguin.com.
About Amy June Bates
Amy June Bates grew up in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in illustration. She has illustrated over forty books for children and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators for her work. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children. For more information, visit www.amybates.com.