In 2020, Dr. Fred Eichelman published a children’s book entitled, A Cat’s Nativity Tale. The story followed a cat named Chatool into the manger of Jesus. It was narrated by another cat, the Eichelman’s own T.C.
This lovely little book affected my mother so deeply that each time she read (and re-read) it, in her dementia she would excitedly bring it to me and say, ‘Have you seen this book? It’s just beautiful!’ And then we would sit and read (and re-read) it together.
So this Easter season, my mother was one of the first to receive an advance copy of Dr. Fred’s follow-up story entitled, A Cat’s Tale of the Resurrection. Book in hand, shaking, Mom looked at me and said,”Where did you get this?” I told her that according to Dr. Fred, he had been so overwhelmed by Mom’s reaction to his first book that he was compelled to write the second. She sat down without speaking anymore. She read, taking off her glasses from time to time to wipe away her tears…
From the description on Amazon:
If you have read A Cat’s Nativity Tale, then you’ll be excited to hear that there is more to the story. Join again as T.C. shares the details…passed down through generations of cats…from Chatool, then a very old cat at 34-human-years-old. Through a chance meeting with Jesus, years after witnessing His birth, Chatool is propelled into witnessing events that would shape history for all eternity. Along with his newfound canine friend Pip, Chatool followed Jesus and His disciples through the final week leading up to the Crucifixion. He and Pip stood watch at the tomb and were was present when the stone was rolled away…
A Cat’s Tale of the Resurrection is once again beautifully illustrated by the very talented Robin Medford.
After her first reading, I captured Mom’s review statement for this book: “Oh I love it, it’s very, very good’ and then she began reading it again.
My mother and I highly recommend this book–you can order your copy HERE!