This was originally posted in 2019 on one of my no-longer-active blogs.
One of my favorite picture books, discovered just two years ago, and already read many times, is Virginia Kahl’s “Whose Cat Is That?”
A white cat looking for a home of her own came to a village with seven houses. At each home, she was adopted, and given a different name. By the end of the day, her full name was Melinda Miranda Belinda Cassandra Arvilla Priscilla Jane. All those names reminded me of a childhood favorite, Little Girl With Seven Names, by Mabel Leigh Hunt. (Hence the title of this post!)
Things were going along just fine until the country was overrun by mice and rats, and a law was passed
that each household must have a cat of its own.
The book has a happy ending…. otherwise I would never have read it again!… but before the inspectors were convinced that there were seven different and distinct cats in the village, Melinda Miranda Belinda Cassandra Arvilla Priscilla Jane was one pissed-off pussycat!