No, that isn’t a typo, there really are “singing” cats and dogs in Sun Lakes!
Patricia Koepp, who moved to Cottonwood in 2004, has written two children’s books about a dog and a cat who can sing.
Each book has a soft, plush toy that matches the main characters of the books and music CDs that go with each story.
You can find her website at http://mrmittens.net/index.html. If you want to save on shipping charges and live in the Phoenix area, contact her and she can deliver the books and toys to you. Mr. Mittens is kittenkaboodles of fun!
Here is a short synopsis of each book:
First book: Mr. Mittens’ Magical Mittens – This book introduces Mr. Mittens, the playful tuxedo cat. The music CD plays as the child turns the pages and sings along. After the main story, there is a coloring book section which includes the same illustrations that came before, only in black and white so children can color them in. Following that is the sheet music of the song and a link to “Mr. Mittens’ Kittenkaboodle” where more items with his image on it can be found (like mugs and T-shirts); visit the website at http://www.cafepress.com/mrmittenskittenkaboodle.
There is a hard copy music CD that can come with the book or an optional free download code. This book helps kids think about the things that make them special and how they can use these things to make the world a better place. It also helps kids see special things in the people they know. This book has the plush toy cat that is the look-alike kitty for Mr. Mittens.
Second book: Mr. Mittens 2: Dreams Come True! – Now that the child knows who Mr. Mittens is, the reader finds out that his story started out at an animal shelter. It was here that Mittens sang at night about his dream of a “forever home.” He meets a friend who sings along with him, but they can’t see each other because of the confines of their cages. When they are adopted they discover that they are a cat and a dog and they happily go to their new forever home together. This book helps kids think about the differences between people and how to appreciate people who are different from themselves. It also has the coloring book, the sheet music and the new music CD. This book even has the new plush toy dog named Buddy that matches the dog in the book!