It’s by T.S. Eliot who lived from 1888-1965. He’s a very famous American and English poet, but don’t let that scare you away from this poetry/story book: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The musical CATS comes from this book.
Some of the cats in the “story” are the old, take-it-easy Deuteronomy; Macavity, the criminal; crabby Rum Tum Tugger; and Mr. Mistoffelees, the trickster. I love their names, and my favorite part of the book is about “The Naming of Cats,” which is a very serious endeavor and “not just one of your holiday games.” This is because, according to Mr. Eliot (and ME!), all cats have three names:
- a usual one [like Paddy],
- a more descriptive name [mine is Pouf], and…
- “the name that you never will guess; The name that no human research can discover--But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.”
Deep down it’s all OK.
Paddy The Library Cat is a new columnist here at 365 Cat Ladies and Friends. He is the Library Cat at Pacelli High School in Wisconsin.