The Tale of a Three-legged Cat

Named A Baker’s Dozen 2018: The 13 Best Books for Family Literacy

Chosen as one of the Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year (2017) by Kirkus Reviews

Meet Trio, the runt of the litter, born with only three legs, but very much the little cat that could. Written and illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski, this is one fetching little kitten whose infirmity didn’t stop him from pouncing, sneaking, and jumping like any other feline. Trio especially loves playing with the eleven chickens that share the garage and garden, and he is game to try all their activities: digging up bugs, rolling in the dust, and even laying eggs. The latter requires real effort, especially making it up into the nesting box, but once he figures it out, he returns to it faithfully every day. And his persistence pays off! One day, an egg starts hatching beneath him. Little does he know, the chick that pops out will become his best friend. This is a story about diversity, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately, acceptance. The story is delightful and the brightly colored linocut illustrations endearing, sure to charm adults, children, cats, and chickens alike.

Lovely to look at, a pleasure to read aloud, and offering plenty of details to pore over, Trio’s story seems destined to become a favorite for many families.
Kirkus Reviews

Writing with tenderness and understated humor, Wisnewski portrays disabilities as a simple fact of life—the obstacles that Trio surmounts are less about physical limitation than about learning how to use his body to get where he wants to be.
Publishers Weekly

The bold-lined, color illustrations add a heartwarming touch to this delightful storybook.
Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

Andrea Wisnewski is the creator of A Cottage Garden Alphabet (Godine, 2003) and Little Red Riding Hood (Godine, 2016), as well as a regular contributor to Cricket and other children’s magazines. She and her husband live in Connecticut where they operate Running Rabbit Press, which specializes in illustration, printing, and design. She attended the Portland School of Art, and received her BFA from the University of Connecticut.