Friday, April 5, 2019

Book Review: Prancie's Prayer by Ellen J. Pilch. A Purrfect Gift For Cat Lovers

I was very excited when I heard that Ellen J. Pilch of 15 and Meowing published a children’s book. I love her blog, her writing style, and her creativity. I couldn’t wait to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed. 


Prancie's Prayer|Mirror Publishing


Prancie’s Prayer is the heartwarming tale of how one of Ellen’s cats found her way into Ellen’s home and her family’s hearts. Poor Pumpkin (as she was known before becoming one of Ellen’s clowder) found herself alone and cold on a winter’s morning after being dumped in the woods by her former family. Pumpkin’s only transgression was knocking things off of dressers and she couldn’t understand why she would be abandoned for doing such a small thing. 


Prancie's Prayer|Mirror Publishing

Lonely and hungry, Pumpkin takes off down a country road looking for food and companionship. She happened upon the Pilch household where they were putting up Christmas decorations, including a nativity scene. Pumpkin curled up inside the manger, but the winter’s night was cold, and she was still hungry. Taking a chance, she meowed at Ellen’s back door, and when it was opened she ran right in. 


Prancie's Prayer|Mirror Publishing

Pumpkin then was renamed Prancie because she was so happy, she was prancing around in a circle. She quickly became a part of the family, bonding with Ellen’s husband, and never had to worry about being outside in the cold again. 


Prancie's Prayer|Mirror Publishing

Ellen was inspired to write Prancie’s story because she thought it was sweet that she showed up in their nativity. Ellen used to teach Catechism and says the book has a religious theme but can still be enjoyed by anyone. When Prancie arrived at Ellen’s door in 2005, the weather was below zero and her ears were frostbitten and the tips fell off, “but I didn’t want to scare kids by adding that to the book.” 


Prancie's Prayer|Mirror Publishing
Photo courtesy Ellen Pilch

Prancie has “definitely enhanced our lives and given us so much joy”, says Ellen. “My hubby always liked cats, but Prancie really bonded with him and is his favorite. She is very sweet yet gets her point across by knocking things off shelves.” 


Prancie's Prayer|Mirror Publishing

Ellen is one of the sweetest,most thoughtful cat ladies I have met through blogging. She creates a sense of community by sending her cats’ special belongings around the country to visit other blogging cats. (You can read about Phoebe’s bikini and sunglasses, and Joanie’s pet cow, Moo.) I love participating and blogging about Lola’s and Lexy’s experiences. Ellen crochets the cutest toys (her drumstick is one of Lexy’s favorites) and has been known to send gifts from the tooth fairy to cats who have lost teeth. I’m so happy she expanded her creativity and shared Prancie’s story with the world. 


Prancie's Prayer|Mirror Publishing
Photo courtesy Ellen Pilch


From the Publisher: 
Prancie’s Prayer is the first picture book written by Ellen J. Pilch, illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo, and published by Mirror Publishing. It is about an orange cat who finds herself homeless one cold winter. She has trouble finding something to eat and a warm place to sleep, but with a little help from above she finds all of that and more in her wonderful forever home. The story is loosely based on how the author’s cat arrived at her doorstep. 

What are my thoughts? I love this book! It is well-written with a message that all cat lovers will enjoy. My hope is that parents will speak to their children about the importance of being responsible pet parents while reading it to them. This is the purrfect gift for cat lovers of all ages. 

Make sure to follow Ellen’s blog at 15 and Meowing to see what her gang is up to. 




Dawn

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of "Prancie's Prayer" in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links. As members of the Amazon Affiliate Program, if you make a purchase using one of the links we will earn a small commission. This does not affect your price at all. 

16 comments:

  1. We loved Prancie's Prayer too. It's a very sweet book.

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  2. That really is a super sweet book.

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  3. THAT is the best book review ever!!! To know Prancie's story is so good. I love knowing the backgrounds of each furs family member.

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  4. I love that she wrote a children's book. We bought it right away!

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  5. We loved Prancies Prayer too. I bought one for my co workers daughter. She is really in love with cats and it was a great birthday present for her. Thanks for sharing. You kitties seem like you loved it too. Have a wonderful weekend.
    World of Animals

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  6. Oh yes, this is a terrific book! I am looking forward to Ellen's next book too. And yes, we have been gifted with some of her crocheted toys; all of the cats love them!

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  7. That is a great review of a lovely book. The illustrations are adorable. Ellen is very generous. When Flynn first became ill he was having bloods taken from his neck. He said in one of the posts that he had a cold neck with the fur shaved off in the winter, and next thing I knew there was a package from the US with a scarf to keep him warm and some of her famous crochet toys.

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  8. What a sweet book! We agree...Miss Ellen is a gem.

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  9. We love Miss Allen and her book even though we ain't religious. I'm glad to see Moo looking so well. My cows miss her. I had never noticed Prancie's ears cos all cats look perfect to me.

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  10. Thank you for this wonderful review of Prancie's Prayer. Also, thank you for all the kind things you wrote about me. I love the photos of Lola and Lexy with the book and with Moo. XO

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  11. What a wonderful book review and an even more wonderful, touching story.

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  12. Prancie's Prayer is such a sweet book, and Miss Ellen is the best! We love her, her blog, and her whole family. :)

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  13. What a great story.
    Have a wonderful Sunday...

    Noodle and crew

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  14. Awe dat sounds like a pawesome book!! Mama will have to go check it out.

    xoxo,
    Matilda & Matt

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  15. We love Miss Ellen and Prancie! But we haven't had a chance to check the book out yet!

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