Home  \  Authors  \  Authors  \  Jonathan Yavin  \ 

Pumpkin the Kitten

Jonathan Yavin

AGE : 3-6  

The sun, the moon, the fish and stars 
The flowers, trees, the birds and cars,
The sea, the rain, even the sand -
I like almost everything - - - 
It's cats I can't stand! 
Because one second they're nice,
And the next they bite 
(Well, Mom said they might) - - - 
Mom said that hating is silly and bad. 
"It will only make you bitter and sad 
And though you do not have to love every kitten, 
You should not hold a grudge because once you got bitten" - - - 

A few days later, Dad came home with this box, 
That was rattling and rambling and didn't have locks. 
And when I opened the lid - guess what I saw… 
I was so excited, my heart quickly beating… 
Of course: 
It was a wee baby itsy-bitsy teeny-tiny kitten! - - - 
"Let’s name it," Dad said, "before Mommy gets back!" 
And I shouted out: "Pumpkin, 'cause it's orange and black!"  

Illustrations: Gilad Soffer 

English Translation Available (for publishers only)




Title  Pumpkin the Kitten
Author’s Last Name Yavin
Author's First Name Jonathan
Language(s) Hebrew, Arabic
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2004
No. Pages 24 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) He-Chatul Dla'at Meshaneh et Ha-Da'at
Representation Represented by ITHL


Arabic: Nazareth, Merkaz adab al-Atfal al-Arabi fi Israel, 2006