Happy Cat and Merry Cat
Mary Catherine Rolston
This delightful rhyming children’s book tells the story of two best friends—both spunky nine-year-old girls named Catherine. Nicknamed Happy Cat and Merry Cat, the girls love to dress up, drink tea, and eat sandwiches and sweets. Always looking for adventure and fun, they dream of a chance to have formal tea in their town’s teashop and devise a plan to sing and dance on the street and collect change in a teapot until they have enough. But soon after they are seated inside the shop, their mothers find them and scold them for running off, teaching the girls a valuable lesson about always telling their parents where they are.
An engaging and thought-provoking tale about two playful and curious friends, Happy Cat and Merry Cat is sure to charm readers young and old.
What an absolute delight! My students were so excited to hear about the adventures of these two girls. They could imagine themselves in that same position as the “Cats”. My students were fascinated by the use of such sophisticated vocabulary, which allowed them to explore the story on a deeper level. They could all relate to the lesson learned by Happy Cat and Merry Cat. In fact, they were hoping to hear about some other adventures that the two “Cats” may be experiencing.
--Melanie Brown-Robson BPhed BEd
Mary Catherine Rolston is a retired kindergarten teacher who, just like Merry Cat, has a dear friend named Katherine (Happy Cat). Together they would enjoy afternoon tea and dream of sharing a teashop. MC loves to write with rhyme, and she loves children and their wonderful antics. She lives with her husband on Bear Mountain, where she appreciates the tranquility of being close to the ocean and forests while having easy access to the beautiful city of Victoria. Happy Cat and Merry Cat is MC’s fifth book. She is also the author of two business parables, The Executive Gardener and the Fairy (2004) and The Corporate Family (2010). Her poem “Fallen Starfish” placed 34th in the Writer Digest 5th Annual Poetry Awards in 2010.
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