A Cat Named Swan

A Cat Named Swan

eBook - 2017
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Discover this beautiful pet-adoption story from Holly Hobbie, the creator of the bestselling Toot & Puddle series and one of the most treasured children's illustrators of all time. Beloved author-illustrator Holly Hobbie presents the story of a rescue cat's adoption, the paradise he finds, and the transformative joy he brings to his new family. Holly Hobbie's intricate watercolors evoke the small kitten's hardscrabble life as powerfully as they do his blissful one. This story tugs the heartstrings and is a testament to the importance of pet adoption and the powerful ways that pets connect with their people.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Children's Books, 2017.
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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FindingJane Mar 22, 2017

This charming pictorial tale starts on the titular page, where we see a queen in a box with her kindle of kittens asleep around her, all of them sleeping. Then we find the abandoned kitten alone. Where are its mother and siblings?

This question is never answered. But the tale takes us along as the kitten faces danger, starvation and discomfort in its efforts to survive on the streets. The illustrations are wonderful, realistic in their painterly detail and admirably compositioned as we see the realities of a harsh world looming over a very small kitten. The story pulls us in to one changing scenario after another. (The shelter scene where the kitten is in a cage with 13 other cats is especially good. “Boredom was better than misery.” is a line that amply demonstrates how lucky the kitten is. Feral cats tend to live only about five years, a much shorter lifespan than their housebroken counterparts.)

The feral kitten transforms from frightened tiny beast to sleek adopted pet. Named “Swan” (no explanation given for that, either), it grows to become a happy tom, cherished and loved by its human owners. But the tom doesn’t think of love. It only enjoys a life that has become free of care, with plenty to eat, lots of activity and cozy places to sleep.

This is a lovely children’s book and, I think, the kind that might encourage a child to adopt an unwanted stray. There are lots of animals in shelters that need love and homes. “A Cat Named Swan” shows the happy outcome of such a choice.


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