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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Cat of Strawberry Hill

Pumpkin, a doted-over feline resident of the Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn in Rockport, is now featured in a children's book.

The Cat of Strawberry Hill: A True Story was written by Inn guest Fran Hodgkins, illustrated by Lesia Sochor of Brooks.
Separated from her original owners at a highway rest stop on a trip to Maine, a kitten is chased by a dog, injured in a fall, and attacked by a herring gull. Exhausted, she is rescued by two innkeepers, who decide to take her home to Rockport.

The cat adapts quickly to her new surroundings and to this day rules the roost at Strawberry Hill, greeting guests, walking them down to the water's edge, eyeing chickadees at the inn's bird feeder, and generally entertaining both her adopted "parents" and their guests. [Link]
Pumpkin is, of course, not the first Rockport resident to appear in a children's book. Andre — the harbor seal who once entertained visitors to Rockport Harbor — has three kid-friendly biographies still in print: The Story of Andre, A Seal Called Andre: The Two Worlds of a Maine Harbor Seal, and Andre: The Famous Harbor Seal, also written by Fran Hodgkins.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Cat of Strawberry Hill will go to support the animal shelters of Camden, Rockport, and Rockland.

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