These photos were taken looking down out of our kitchen window.
|Our little neighbor, in the apartment below ours, says the Neko went that way.|
We don't know where Neko-chan goes after eating at our house.
Our part time cat reminded me of a book that I had as a child called Part Time Dog about a lost dog that shows up in a neighborhood of people who are too busy to have a dog, but eventually three families end up taking care of it part time. Ted remembered a book about a cat called Thomasina. Feeling kind of nostalgic, I googled the names of both books and found them! Part Time Dog was written by Jane Thayer and is available in a newer edition since the one I remembered. Thomasina by Paul Gallico has also been out in several editions over the years and was made into a Disney movie. A new copy of the 1957 version of the book sells for $155.44 on amazon.com.
I couldn’t help looking up other favorite books. I loved A Gift Bear for the King by Carl Memling. If you read it, you will remember “He won’t stop for anything”, but he did.
I thought of The Five Chinese Brothers (by Claire Hutchet Bishop) as superheros, even though I didn’t know the term superheros. I also didn’t know there was a controversy about this book back then over the ethnic stereotyping. I was fascinated by a man who could suck up the ocean and another who could hold his breath forever.
You don’t even have to know the title. I looked up “ghost mouse summer house children’s book” and “Ping” and found the books I remembered, Gus was a Friendly Ghost by Jane Thayer and The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack.
Did you read any of these children’s books as a child (or as an adult)? Not being able to read Japanese has made me more aware of the difficulties of being illiterate. I can't imagine growing up, not reading these and other books.