“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.”
- Bradley Miller
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
- Immanuel Kant
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
- Anatole France
If you think an animal is being abused or neglected, you can
call the police, the Anti-Cruelty Society (in the Chicagoland area) at
312-644-8338, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) at
757-622-7382, or your local animal shelter.
Please speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves. When we find ourselves in a position to help others, we were put there by God to do His work.
If you find an injured wild
animal, the Humane Society of the United States has information to help (202-452-1100
or 866-720-2676 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time). You can
also contact your local wildlife organizations for information and a list of
rehabilitators in your area. If you do
bring an injured animal to a rehabber, please leave a donation if you can because
they are self-funded.
Just a reminder when you’re
adopting a pet, to take the time to meet the scared ones, the shy ones, the
ones that don’t stick out to you. The
ones that hide under their beds or blankets or litter pans. The ones that hiss, the ones that bark and
shake and cry and look at you with confusion.
The ones that cower. The ones with
the boring colors or missing limbs. The older
ones, the frail ones. The ones who seem
beyond repair. The ones who seem to have
given up. Because they are not beyond
repair… and they have not given up. They
just need you. And sometimes you just really
need them, too.
Welcome to The Kitty Tales Trilogy website.
Six-Time National Award-Winning Author Peggy Krause writes her children's series to be funny and fast-paced for the children while also including messages of kindness to animals throughout the stories for animal-loving parents who want to instill this important value in their children.
The serious bullying issue is addressed, too, because Ms. Krause absolutely cannot stand bullies! The Trilogy is written for 7 to 11-year-old boys and girls .
If you would like to read The Kitty Tales Trilogy for free, you can ask your school or library to purchase the books. Most libraries and schools are given budgets every year to purchase books, and they actually encourage requests from students and patrons about what they would like to read. Be sure to let them know that schools and libraries are given a big discount when purchasing The Kitty Tales Trilogy.
Ms. Krause' Trilogy is now in the new Kindle MatchBook Program. This means that if you purchase any or all of the books in the Trilogy in print from Amazon, you will receive the Kindle version completely free.
The fourth book in the Trilogy, The Big Silly Baloney-Lover, won Finalist in the 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Award Contest.
On April 15, 2013, Wild Beau and Her Kittens won the National Beverly Hills Book Award! It also won the National 2013 Reader Views Choice award, and in 2012, it won the National Indie Excellence Finalist Award.
Food for thought … These are difficult times financially for millions of people in America now. If you are someone or know someone who is struggling financially and cannot afford to purchase cat or dog food for your pets, most local animal shelters will give you pet food for free. Simply call the shelter and tell them about your financial difficulties and most shelters will tell you to come in and pick up a bag or two of food. If the shelter you call does not have this practice in place, call another local shelter until you find one that can help. It doesn’t hurt to ask! Most shelter workers cannot bear the thought that there are pets out there with no food to eat.
The First Book in Peggy Krause' The Kitty Tales Trilogy, Finding My Molly, is on the National Humane Education Society's recommended list. The second book in the Trilogy, The Scruffy Little-Crumb-Grabbers, won the 2011 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award.
Krause writes her books so that they not only entertain, but also make the children think. She writes them as timeless lessons about love and loyalty and responsibility toward animals.
Ms. Krause grew up very poor, being the second oldest of six children raised by a single mother in a suburb of Chicago. Now she owns four cats; Poppy, Bopey, Boopey, and Lovie Dovie.
Many of the chapters in the Trilogy were inspired by the author’s own life experiences. When Peggy was six years old, she really didn’t pay too much attention to her one-year-old baby brother, Kevin. Then one day, she noticed tiny Kevin’s wispy hair blowing around in the breeze. The Author decided to see if she could make Kevin’s hair blow around, too, so she blew into his little face. This did cause his hair to blow around and also caused the baby to smile. The author thought Kevin’s smile was adorable. She then studied his face and she also noticed his adorable blue eyes, his little pink lips, and his cute little button nose. After that moment, the author’s motherly instincts manifested themselves and she became her baby brother’s quasi little mother. The two were inseparable then. When Kevin was having his hair cut, which he loathed, he would scream for Peggy, not his mother, to help him. On walks outside, baby Kevin would only allow the author to push him in his buggy. In The Scruffy Little Crumb-Grabbers, this is exactly how Ruby first notices and falls in love with her little brother, Frankie.
When the author was six years old, her best friend’s mother was over at the author’s house visiting her mother. Ms. Krause was outside drawing with chalk on the sidewalk. Her best friend, Gwynnie, who was four years old at the time, suddenly burst out of her house and ran down the street naked. She was holding her new bathing suit, screaming “Mommy, I can’t get my new bavin’ suit on.” Gwynnie ran right by the author. At the time, six year old Peggy thought nothing of her friend running down the street naked. But after hearing all the mothers in the neighborhood talking and laughing about this for days, the author then realized that, in fact, it is not proper to run down the street naked. This was the inspiration for the chapter called “Ruby the Streaker.”
When the author was about 11 years old, she was staying at her second cousins’ house for a few days. At breakfast one morning, her seven year old cousin, Doreen, threw a pancake at her six year old brother, Danny. The pancake struck him in the face and left a perfect circle of syrup around his eye. It looked so funny that the author couldn’t stop laughing! This was the inspiration for the Chapter called “The Flying Pancake.”
The author’s sister, Susie, and her nephew, Jonnie, would visit Peggy quite often when Jon was a toddler. Jon adored the author’s huge cat named Blubber. As soon as Jonnie saw the cat, he would scream “BWUBBAH!” so loud with excitement that it would startle the cat. Jonnie would immediately chase the cat and, of course, Blubber would run and hide in terror. Little Jonnie would be very disappointed and he couldn’t understand why Blubber always ran from him. Poor Blubber took to hiding the entire time Jonnie ever visited. This is how Ruby and Frankie react to the cat named Spider Man in The Scruffy Little Crumb-Grabbers.
When Ms. Krause’ daughter, Carli, was two and a half, she adamantly refused to wear a diaper one day but promised to tell her mother when she had to go potty. Ten minutes later while standing in line to order soup and sandwiches from their favorite submarine place, Captain Nemo’s in Chicago, little Carli said in a sing-song voice “Mooooommy, I want to weah a diapoooooh.” (Transalation: “Mooooommy, I want to wear a diaperrrrrrr.”) The author looked down at her toddler and discovered that she was standing right in the middle of a puddle of tinkle. This was the inspiration for the Chapter called “Frankie Tinkle-Pants.”
When Carli was almost three years old, she was riding her tricycle around their apartment in Chicago. Carli’s Raggedy Ann doll was in the middle of the doorway leading from her bedroom into the hallway. The toddler tried to ride her tricycle over the doll and couldn’t. Carli promptly exclaimed “!#%$-ing tricycle!” The author was in the washroom nearby brushing her hair when she heard this. She thought about it for a second and then decided “No, my baby would never say that word.” Peggy continued brushing her hair while Carli tried again to ride over Raggedy Ann. When she still wasn’t able to, she repeated “$%#!-ing tricycle!” a little louder this time. The author froze and realized that her baby actually did say that word. Hence, the Chapter called “The #!*$-ing Tricycle” was written.
When the author’s daughter was four years old, they were out shopping together. Little Carli took some Life-Savers candy off of a store shelf and showed it to her mother. Carli asked “Can I have these?” Since Ms. Krause had already purchased two other pieces of candy for her daughter, she answered “No, you’ve had enough candy for today.” Carli, of course, was angry and glared hatefully at her mother. The author thought that this was the end of the candy discussion, but when they were back home again later, Carli walked up to her mother who was now sitting at the kitchen table. The four year old asked “Mommy, what ah we havin’ foh lunch?” Carli’s breath smelled fruity, so Peggy asked “What are you eating?” Carli smiled, pulled out the role of life-savers from her pocket, and showed it proudly to the author. She said “It’s candy. I took it when you wasn’t looking.” This incident was what inspired the Chapter called “Ruby the Criminal.”
When Ms. Krause moved to the suburbs, she had two little girls, Melissa and Bethi, living right next door. The girls would come over almost every day to play with the author’s own daughter. One day, when Melissa was six and Bethie was four, they were wrestling in Krause’s backyard on the trampoline. Being a year and a half older than Bethi, Melissa was getting the best of her in their wrestling match, and Bethi was getting very frustrated. Melissa suddenly started screaming in agony. She pushed away from Bethi and ran to the author for sympathy. Melissa claimed that Bethi had bitten her on the shoulder, so Peggy inspected Mellisa’s shoulder and discovered a gruesome-looking bite-mark. The Author gasped and gaped at Bethi. But little Bethi looked disoriented and seemed to not even remember biting her big sister. This is how the Chapter called “Frankie the Cannibal” was written.
Ms. Krause is also known as "Margaret Krause."