I firmly believe that the book below is why I love tuxedo cats so dearly. My father would read it to me, over and over. I loved this little cat. I always wanted to name my cats Tinker, but of course it is now considered a perjorative term, as is another one often used in my family for their dogs, Gypsy.
I loved this book, and little Tinker, so much that I basically wore it out and have only the scanned pages below left. BUT, I found a copy on Amazon the other day and it is on its way to me as we speak. Apart from slight foxing, it looks to be in pretty good shape!
I read this book many times when I was a child, and it is one of my favourites. I was never sure if I connected more with Tinker or the Tramp. I wanted to be the tramp, but maybe I was Tinker. I hoped to be so brave in the big world when I grew up and those two characters helped me form part of my life philosophy that i still carry today. Such a great story for small inquisitive minds, with beautiful artwork and a fantastic and relatable message about freedom, love, security and independence all wrapped up in cute cats!
I am so glad to find someone else who loved this book. I am almost 60 and still have a copy of this book. I loved them both and I have had both feral and pet cats. Your thoughts on it really opened my eyes to the meaning of this book and why it has resonated with me all these years.