Animal welfare charity Cats Protection has launched a new club to teach young children about cats, with the help of an animated television star.
Little Paws Club will educate children aged five to seven years old through a monthly mini-magazine. The first issue has been sent out this month and includes short articles, puzzles, and activities.
Tabby McTat, a picturebook character and one of the stars of this year's Christmas television, will be appearing in the magazine to share cat facts with young readers. There will also be three Tabby McTat special mini-magazines in 2024.
The December issue featured an interview with Julia Donaldson, who co-created Tabby McTat with Axel Scheffler. Their book has been adapted into a new animation, narrated by Jodie Whittaker, which will be broadcast on BBC One.
A Christmas single from the animation, performed by Rob Brydon and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, has also been released. Proceeds from the song will be donated to Cats Protection.
Kay MacNaughton, individual giving officer for Cats Protection, said: “Little Paws Club is a fun way for children to learn all about our feline friends, just like Tabby.
“As well as inspiring the next generation of cat lovers, Little Paws Club membership will help Cats Protection to provide brighter futures for many unfortunate cats and kittens, who unlike Tabby, don’t yet have an owner to love them.”
Image © Cats Protection