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Strega Nona was my favorite book as a child. I think I checked this one out every time I went to the library. It had an unusual plot compared to most other books about bunnies or puppies, and I loved the illustrations (especially of the overflowing pasta). I remember reading it and actually being able to smell the spaghetti. I wish I had a hard cover copy of it today.
I've been wanting a cat for awhile now. I want to adopt one when it's this small and let her grow into a slinky housecat.
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There's definitely a cat in my future family. We'll name her Rio and maybe make her wear a little bell on her collar.
As for the present: