Three Wise Cats: A Christmas Story by Harold M. Konstantelos and Terri Jenkins-Brady is a delightful little novel that will entertain adults, as well as young adults and older children. Three cats, two females, Abishag and Kezia, and a male, Ira, set off on a perilous journey upon orders from an older Siamese, Ptolemy, who must stay behind to care for his elderly master. The goal is to reach Bethlehem to see the new Messiah and report back to Ptolemy. Along the way the three felines run into adventures and misfortunes that lead to demonstrations of kindness from humans. They eventually find the Christ child after they accompany three wise kings traveling on camels. An uninvited traveler, Asmodeus the rat, makes mischief for the cats, and is always looking for opportunities to further his advantages over others.
The cats talk to each other and seem to understand human conversation. Their personalities are sometimes blurred (mainly due to the unusual names), and they constantly show human-like emotions, despite their cat antics of washing with their paws and catching mice.
There is a profound biblical reference close to the end of the book, which is a prophecy given to King Herod by one of the wise men, saying that of the thousands in Jerusalem, the Christ child will be ruler of Israel forever. This, of course, does not set well with Herod. However, the story does not go further into his later attempt to kill the baby Jesus.
A poignant scene is the reaction of the three wise kings when they see Jesus in Mary’s arms. They present their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. On their knees they worship Jesus, tears coursing down their faces. And the cats also recognize and worship Him. A startling occurrence happens when one of the cats finds her injured ear completely healed, and another cat’s broken leg suddenly is straight and strong again.
The book ends happily and will give inspiration to the reader. It is highly recommended and would make a perfect Christmas gift. – Anita Tiemeyer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The old Siamese Ptolemy was alongside his master when a star of unusual brightness was seen in the heavens, indicating an event of momentous significance, and leading to a great quest. Ptolemy must watch over his frail master, so he sends three young cats to journey in his place and fulfill the prophecy: The three shall find the one.
The three are Abishag, a sturdy reliable cat who has never shirked her duty; Kezia, a beautiful young tabby, delicate, a bit vain, but of good heart; and Ira, taller and stronger than the others, with a temper. Accompanying them is a fourth traveler— the rat Asmodeus, who can hear of no glorious thing without wanting to spoil it.
Together, the unlikely band will cover many miles, and have many dangerous adventures. And finally they will come to a far land, where the star bends close to the earth over a humble stable.