Cat's Out of the (Grab) Bag
This picture brought to mind the kitty from one of my favorite books, Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes. I already posted a review of the book a little while back, but one thing I didn't mention is that Pinky turns out to be quite the talented writer — well, for a cat anyway. In fact, you can see below that the book cover even has an illustration of Pinky on the typewriter!
Here's the scene in the book where the family discovers Pinky's surprising skill:
In the beginning Pinky sat quietly enough, her little head going back and forth, intelligently following the sentences as they appeared on the blank paper. Next she tried catching the keys as they flew up. Naturally this smart game intrigued Papa, and he paused to see what she would do after that. She then tapped a key with one little front paw and, as it flew up, she caught it with the other front paw. Sometimes letters appeared palely on the paper. At first these pale letters coming on the hitherto white paper astonished Pinky; but then she performed this typing in a deliberate manner as though she knew what she was doing and what she was typing. From time to time she surveyed her results critically.
None of the Pyes had ever heard of such brightness in a cat, and they were overcome with admiration. Once Pinky actually spelled "woogie." This seemed to be a word, though no one had ever heard of it.
All together now: awwwww . . .
And what about your pet? Anyone out there with an especially talented cat, dog, bird, gerbil, lizard, ferret, moth, pig, hippo, or giraffe? Leave a comment!
— Karen, STACKS Staffer