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This children’s book is about a small cat named Harley who was accidentally sent to Japan in 1996 by a misguided neighbor who sent the wrong cat while trying to do a favor for a friend. He sent Harley instead, a cat that had developed a large following because of his friendliness and the fact that he was the virtual king of a local coffee house where he brightened the day of patrons and their young sons and daughters. Amazingly, Harley was returned safely some months later and his story made national news thanks to a piece done by CBS Radio legend Charles Osgood.
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David Rapaport, a Palo Altan, chronicles the tale of Harley the cat. Telling the story wasn't the difficult part for Rapaport, it was illustrating the book that proved to be the most challenging. After a six year search, the right illustrator turned out to be Yu-Ting Wu, one of his social studies students at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose, where Rapaport teaches eighth grade. After waiting until the end of the school year to begin their working relationship, Rapaport shared the story with Wu, who agreed to illustrate the story. Wu, a student at Leland High School, is often found on the basketball court thinking about bank shots and her passion for creating visual arts for friends and family.Review:
Captures the entire saga, from disappearance to reunion with his family. Wu's colorful illustrations bring the story to life. -- Robyn Israel, Palo Alto Weekly, December 26, 2003
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