Set in Florence, Italy, this little-girl-and-cat-and-kitten story has the charm of the author's detailed cartoons of the city and its people and the excitement of a wish come true. Small Francesca, who loves art, visits the Pitti Palace daily and is particularly fascinated by the copyists at work there. Then she's followed home by a white cat wearing a locket; the cat produces a kitten that very night. All attempts to find an owner fail until, at the Pitti Palace again, the cat and one of the copyists have a joyful reunion. Francesa is rewarded with the kitten and a miniature painting of her own. Back sewn. Not reinforced.