Nobody's Cat

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9780060208349: Nobody's Cat

A starving cat who has been living in the wild seeks food and shelter for her kittens and herself by going to the home of a learning disabled boy.

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Pre-Grade 3-- A starving feral cat has a litter to feed. She visits a house where a learning disabled boy and his mother give her a bowl of cream. Day after day, she returns and leaves one of her kittens on the porch. The boy's mother asks him if he'd like to keep one, but he declines. A home is found for the first kitten and readers assume there are takers for the others as well, although it is not stated. One day, the mother cat returns to the house and allows herself to be picked up by the boy, who takes her inside the house and makes her a soft bed out of his bathrobe. The last page shows a contented but sleepy mother cat getting a well-deserved snooze. This is a spare but sweet story of an animal's concern for her offspring and a young boy's tenderness toward her. The illustrations, done in gouache, are in predominantly flat, grayed earthtones that underscore the approach of winter and, consequently, the feline's sense of urgency to find homes for her babies. Bright yellow eyes and angular lines capture the essence of the gaunt but brave cat. It is satisfying to see this self-sacrificing survivor find a loving home for herself. --Laura Culberg, Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

A feral cat with kittens to see through the coming winter brings them, one by one, to a family who puts out cream for her and finds them homes. Finally she presents herself to the seemingly learning-disabled boy of the house, sensing him to be someone she can love and trust. Joosse tells her affecting story--based on actual events--simply and for the most part unsentimentally, convincingly rendering the experience from a cat's viewpoint. She captures the elusive but genuine instinct--almost recognition--that can draw particular animals and people together. Regrettably, Sewall's illustrations add little warmth of their own, due to a drab palette heavy on tans and grays, and to figures too rough or oddly proportioned to have strong appeal. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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