The Pancake Cat is the story of a wild cat that would not be owned, but finally chooses a family. Meet the family and learn something of contemporary American history and multi-culture in the pages. Nine year old Andrea is thoughtful and vivacious. She has always wanted a cat and aspires to own and run an orphanage when she grows up. Her little brother Philip is cute as a gifted four year old can be. Mom and Dad provide time honored nurture and upbringing, and give their best effort to squeeze fun and teaching moments out of daily life.
So, while all my friends are crowing about winning NaNoWrimo and writing 50,000 words in 30 days; I present to you my latest offering, “The Pancake Cat,” which was written and published at tortoise speed.
Thirteen years ago I received the inspiration to write about a stray cat that enjoyed pancakes. I added to the narrative and submitted the manuscript as an Institute of Children’s Literature project for which I eventually received 6 hours of college credit. In 2004, I researched and added several more chapters in my bid to win $10,000 in scholarship funds to finish my college education. I did not win the scholarship, but I did finish my education-and the book. In December of 2006, I had several copies printed and tape bound at a local photo copier establishment and these I gave as Christmas gifts.
Those first books are sure to be valuable someday. Only 20 copies contain the “Fact or Fiction” endnotes that explain how I came up with the story.
In 2009 I discovered that my book was “out of print.” Because the information is still relevant, and because gifting with a book never goes out of style, I present to you, dear reader, The Pancake Cat. Newly released from Xlibris and available by special order at Barnes Noble or Amazon; The Pancake Cat is suitable for accomplished readers ages 8 to 10 (and it won’t bore the grownups either).