My Darling Kitten has long been on my shelf. I don’t teach it in my children’s lit classes, but it’s supremely sweet — a confection of a picture book featuring a young kitten who plays alarm clock to his young owner in order to cuddle and play. Even though I’d not taken it off the shelf in years, Toby sent me searching for this book again.
Toby is mischievous, yet absolutely darling.
His inclination to be gently social is amusing. I’ve found him playing with the men doing our home repair, complete with holding his paw out to be shaken. They don’t use the word, but it’s plain they agree: he’s darling.