I was thinking about Captain Kitty, and how much #4 Daughter and I loved it when I used to read it to her. So I looked it up on Amazon, and dang! Thang is worth some dollars! $15 bucks for a 69-cent book? …Nope, not sellin’.
If you’ve never read Captain Kitty, he went to sea one day with a crew of other cats (Pearly and Mew were the crew). They landed on a tropic isle, where the natives (also cats) dove for pearls. (“Pearls! Pearls! Pearls! Pearls!”). They saw some parrots the color of carrots. I believe, if I’m not mistaken, they caught a whale by the tip of his tale and tossed him back into the briny.
We must have read that book a hunnert times. We counted the parrots. We counted the pearls. We crawled inside that book and lived there.
Apparently, I’m not alone. When I did a search for Captain Kitty, I found other bloggers who remember this book from their or their children’s childhoods. One lovely person, Morgan Wills of Australia, has even transcribed the text and posted some of the illustrations. Her blog is Things That Make My Heart Sing, and Captain Kitty will certainly do that. If I could run away and live in a book, this book would be the one.
You come, too, and we’ll eat fish and wear sweet smiles. 🙂
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character comes across a book he or she loved as a child, and is surprised at who else loved it.