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Book signing Benefit CCR -- Thursday March 24th, 2011
Lee Wardlaw, the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for children, will be reading from and signing copies of her latest book Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku (Holt, ages 4 and up) at Mrs. Figs' Bookworm, Saturday, June 4th, from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mrs. Figs', a children's bookstore, is located in the Las Posas Plaza, 93 East Daily Drive, Camarillo.
Mrs. Figs' Bookworm will donate 20% of the Won Ton's proceeds to Cats Cradle Rescue.
Won Ton tells the beguiling story of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home. The book has been hailed by reviewers as a "powerful story in verse", "sweetly humorous" and "perfect pussycat poetry for anyone who has ever loved a shelter cat."
How did Ms. Wardlaw get the idea for Won Ton?
She says: "My first spoken word was 'pissy', a one-year-old’s fusion of 'kitty' and “pussy cat.' So obviously, my affinity for felines goes way back! My son, Patterson, is also a card-carrying cat person. So a few years ago, when he was eight and our beloved Snowshoe Siamese died of cancer, we visited a local shelter to interview kittens. It was an experience right out of ‘Goldilocks and the Tree Bears’: That one is too shy. That one, too bite-y. Ew! That one is sleeping in his litter box! Hold on, wait…maybe…Yes! This one is Just Right. "We signed the adoption papers and brought home the mewling, gold-eyed ball of black fluff – where he immediately skittered under Patterson’s bed and stayed for three whole days. When he finally ventured out to snub his first dish of food and bat at an Hawaiian shell lei, Patterson named him Mai Tai. And so began our life together…and my idea for a new book.
"Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku is based on the true story of Patterson’s and Mai Tai’s growing friendship. As for why I wrote their story in haiku? It seemed fitting. Cats embody haiku. They live in the moment; their beauty is compact, simple, vivid; they speak volumes in only a few words. If cats could talk, I’m pretty sure it would be in the poetry of haiku."
Lee Wardlaw lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her husband, teenage son and three former shelter cats: Mai Tai (a.k.a. The Black); Koloa (a.k.a. ZuZu’s Petals) and Papaya (a.k.a. Stinky or Big Boy). Lee often writes with Koloa on her lap and Papaya sleep-shedding on her desk. When she breaks for lunch, Mai Tai usually presents to her a collection of internal organs from his latest kills (rabbits, mice, gophers, rats), arranged in a zen-like manner at the back door.
To learn more about Lee and her books, visit her website at www.leewardlaw.com. To learn more about Mrs. Figs' Bookworm, visit www.mrsfigs.com
Fall Newsletter -- Tuesday November 9th, 2010
We were a little late in getting the Summer issue of the newsletter completed, but it has been posted online at our website and has lots of great information and stories about our rescued and adopted cats and kittens! This year has been a really rough one for rescue. There were (and are) lots of cats and kittens without homes this year and adoptions are slower than in the past in spite of all our efforts. Please enjoy the newsletter and if you have questions or have some time to spare, call us, email us, or drop by the Ventura Adoption Center and Thrift Store one day soon. 2010 Fall Newsletter It might take a minute to fully open; there are LOTS of photos in this one. Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Halloween and a Warm and Wonderful Fall! Georgetta Brickey, editor of the Rescue Report www.CatsCradleRescue.org
2009 Holiday Newsletter -- Wednesday December 30th, 2009
2009 Holiday Newsletter
2008 Holiday Newsletter -- Tuesday December 30th, 2008
2008 Holiday Newsletter
2008 Summer Newsletter -- Saturday June 21st, 2008
2008 Summer Newsletter