Ginger cat has fish to eat. He saves some and sets out with a fish between his teeth and takes it to black and white cat next door.
Next day, black and white cat and a box with three kittens are abandoned by the side of the road and a car drives away. Night is falling. The mother cat carries the kittens to safe shelter beneath a house.
Ginger cat looks for them again with food to share. All he sees is a fox that gives chase. He comes across three cats scrounging in a rubbish bin for food. He lays down the fish and leaves. He searches through the rain for black and white cat, but doesn’t see anything but his dejected reflection in a puddle of water formed by the pouring rain.
But with the dawn, black and white cat and the kittens wait. They know he’ll find them.
He sees them; his family.
The Gift is a touching portrayal of the gift of family love, and kindness, and all other gifts given and received. It is one reader’s interpretation of a beautifully illustrated and presented picture book.
Title: The Gift
Author/Illustrator: Deb Gilmartin
Publisher: Windy Hollow $25.95 RRP
Publication Date: Nov 2012
For ages: 0-5
Type: Picture Book