Cat in the Manger

Michael Foreman


Cat in the Manger

Cat in the Manger

  • Title: Cat in the Manger
  • Author: Michael Foreman
  • ISBN: 9780805066777
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover



A moving retelling of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of one little cat Everything was silent It was as if all the animals held their breath We looked at the baby, and the baby looked at us A long time ago in a faraway land, a cat lived in a barn He had to share it with the other animals cows and goats, chickens and mice But that was all right he wA moving retelling of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of one little cat Everything was silent It was as if all the animals held their breath We looked at the baby, and the baby looked at us A long time ago in a faraway land, a cat lived in a barn He had to share it with the other animals cows and goats, chickens and mice But that was all right he was a good mouser.Then one wintry night the door flew open and in came a man and a woman to take shelter from the snow Soon the cat heard the cry of a new baby Visitors came to kneel before the family In the crowded barn, every face was turned to the tiny infant.Through the eyes of one small cat, award winning author illustrator Michael Foreman retells the wondrous story of the first Christmas.


Recent Comments "Cat in the Manger"

Cat in the Manger is the retelling of the Baby Jesus Christmas story from the perspective of a cat who happened to live in the barn where Mary & Joseph came to stay. I loved this picture book so much! It brought tears to my eyes when the cat-protagonist "mentions" at the close how ever since the night when the Baby was born --he had an encounter with Jesus-- he never caught/killed another mouse. The cutest way ever to share the miracle of Christ-mas.Having known this story all my life, I fou [...]

Okay, but I thought it was pretty boring. Much preferred the story along similar lines, "The Witness" by Robert Westall

I love to read this book aloud to my students each year, whether they are very young or a bit older. This retelling of the Nativity of Jesus has great appeal because of the narration by a cat who was present at Jesus' birth. Lovely illustration are appealing.The book promotes the theory that Jesus was born on a snowy night, which may be unlikely, but it is close enough to my biblical knowledge for my purpose. It is a charming book.

There are way too many white people in this version of the manger story. Also, the end annoyed me. The cat meets Jesus and suddenly stops wanting to eat mice. So basically the book is saying that Jesus made this cat lose its will to live, since it no longer wants to hunt and feed itself.

A charming Christmas story told from a barn cat’s point of view. The cat, who lives in a barn with other animals, is all prepared to curl up in a warm spot for the night when some unexpected visitors arrive and need a place to stay. Although initially the animals seem a bit upset by their routine being disturbed, they soon all come together to experience the wonderful event that is about to take place that night. Complete with three "masters" (kings), camels, and an array of other barnyard ani [...]

I love cats, breastfeeding, and Christmas, and this book includes them all! However I also love biblical accuracy, and this book shows the magi worshipping newborn Jesus with the shepherds. But overall a very lovely Christmas book. I just love the page of Mary nursing Jesus, because that's just what you do with a newborn baby!

I was in the school library and just decided to read a picture book. It was okay but I've heard the story too many times and the cat bit was stupid. The pictures were good though but the actual storyline was bad to me.

Written from the point of view of a cat in the stable.

A beautifully illustrated and beautifully written story.

The Nativity scene through the eyes of a cat. Cute!


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