"It was a fisherman's cat and it grew fast. One day it left the cottage and moved into the house, where it spent its nights under the bed in the box where they kept the dirty dishes. it had odd ideas of its own even then." Quote from "The Summer Book," published in the UK by Sort of Books (http://sortof.co.uk/books/the-summer-book/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/the-summer-book/)
Letters from Tove: "I’m so glad to know that you like my stories, and I do promise trying to invent new ones... You should continue writing about this fantastic blue-headed cat! Mine in Finland is all black, called Psipsina, which means ‘cat’ in greech (greek?)."
Letters from Tove: "I am so very glad that you like my Summer Book. The grandmother is a picture of my mother. Tooticki is giving you her best wishes - here is her drawing of Psipsina!" "The Summer Book" is published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/the-summer-book/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/the-summer-book).
Tove Jansson and her cat Psipsina. Psipsina lived to be 16 years old.
"The following morning the whole family awoke at the same time. They were awakened in exactly the right way: by a merrily tinkling barrel-organ." Quote from "Moominland Midwinter" by Tove Jansson.
"The cat came in, sat down, and stared at them. 'Fish,' said Mari. 'We ought to take in the net.'" Quote from "Fair Play" by Tove Jansson, Published in the UK by Sort of Books (www.sortof.co.uk/books/fair-play/), and in the US by NYRB Classics (www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/fair-play/)