by Beverly Cleary
One of my childhood favorites, I just finished reading Socks with my six-year-old last week. It\’s a friendly little story about the daily life of an ordinary housecat. At first the kitty luxuriates in the attention of his young owners, but soon a baby arrives and everything changes. Socks has to deal with people getting up at odd hours, mealtimes being delayed, the anxiety of listening to the baby cry, and visits from well-meaning relatives, some of whom tease or criticize him. Another trial in Socks\’ life is battling with a neighborhood tomcat… But then the baby starts to grow up, and Socks finds that the little person in the family is no longer so annoying but can be a great playmate. It\’s a cute book, one we could really relate to, having two cats and a new baby. My daughter enjoyed pointing out all the ways in which our cats and baby behave similar to or differently from those in the story.
Rating: 3/5 …….. 158 pages, 1973