By Stella Barton Day

Picture Book
32 pages


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Anna’s Kittens Find Homes

Stella Barton Day

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 Stella’s dad was from North Carolina, served in World War II, and met her mom who was Italian. Stella was born in Rome. When the author was four years old, her mom and dad moved to the United States. Stella continued to live in Rome with her grandmother until the age of six when her mother came back to move her to North Carolina. When Stella came to this country, she didn’t know how to speak one word of English.

 Stella currently lives with her supportive husband in Greensboro, North Carolina. They have three grown children: Anthony, Matthew, and Laura. To their delight, they also have eight very active grandsons (no granddaughters yet) who have always been avid readers and listeners. Even their two-year-old grandsons love books, so it’s a good thing Stella has always loved books and telling stories. Interestingly, their grandsons also have lots of hats, many of which are ones that Stella has crocheted for them.        

The author went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her undergraduate work. Her first job was with the Greensboro Public Library. Her second job was as a middle-school teacher. Currently Stella is a long-standing Realtor with Allen Tate Realtors® and an active volunteer.

 Gardening, reading, and crafts are the author’s hobbies. She’s currently focusing on crocheting. Besides the hats for her eight grandsons, she crochets afghans and baskets.                                

 As an only child, Stella has always been drawn to animals, especially dogs and cats. She’s had pets for her entire life. Both children and animals have always been dear to her heart. Anna the Storm-Water Drain Cat and Anna’s Kittens Find Homes incorporated both. Stella loves this new creative endeavor of writing and hopes that you enjoy her two books. She's writing a children's mystery and more children's books,  so look for additional selections to come in the future.



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  Anna, the former storm-water drain cat, and her three growing kittens were loved by Lilly, her brothers, and her baby sister. One day Lilly’s mother had a serious talk with her and confronted Lilly with a difficult decision. Since each of her brothers had only one pet, Lilly could have only one as well. It was up to her to decide which of the four cats to keep. Then they’d find good homes for the other three.

 That night Lilly prayed for help making her decision. The next morning she told her mom she’d decided to keep Anna and find homes for the kittens.

   The search for good homes began with a walk around the neighborhood, which made it apparent that too many children wanted kittens. Then Lilly and her brothers painted a sign and posted it in their front yard. Daisy the calico and Cosmo the gray boy found homes. But what about troublemaking Shelby?

  Both the text and the lighthearted artwork in Stella’s book reinforce positive aspects of finding good homes for pets. This story will intrigue readers to want to know more about Anna, the feral cat that lived in the storm-water drain in Lilly’s neighborhood until the birth of her three kittens. They can read Anna the Storm-Water Drain Cat, which is an affirming, modern look at people in a neighborhood working together. It features Lilly and her siblings as Lilly rallies her neighborhood to help Anna the feral cat. Stella’s first uplifting story offers real-life feral-cat experiences, neighborhood-togetherness lessons, and family memories that children will enjoy reading again and again.