Monday, June 25, 2012
Book Review: Moo Kitty Finds a Home
Title: Moo Kitty Finds a Home
By: Valerie Lee Veltre and Liz Leonard
Published by: Squidgy Press Date: 2011
Ages: 5 and up
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne S. Walker
Synopsis: If you were looking for a pet housecat, where do you think would be the best place to find one? Moo Kitty, so named because he looks like a black and white
Holstein cow, lives with his
human, an elderly lady, on a tree-lined street in a nice brick house surrounded
by flower gardens and rose bushes.
However, after many happy years, Moo Kitty’s human goes to heaven. Moo Kitty is removed from the house along
with all the furniture and put out with the trash cans. That night, while he is sleeping, three angel
cats, Fred, Calvin, and Maybelle, promise that even though he won’t see them
they will always be with him. The next
day he meets a lady who takes in stray cats but she has so many that there’s no
room for another. He also meets a man
who feeds him but can’t keep him because his wife is allergic to cats. So he is taken to an animal shelter. Moo Kitty makes a lot of friends there, but
they all end up being adopted and he is left alone. Will he ever find a home?
Overall thoughts: Moo Kitty Finds a Home is based on the true story of a real cat which author Valerie Lee Veltre, of Bee Tree Farm in the heart of
horse country, rescued and gave a home to.
It is not only a lovely story that will tug at the hearts of children,
especially cat lovers like our family, but also encourages people to consider
obtaining an older pet from an animal shelter rather than buying from a breeder
or pet store. In fact there are several
pages in the back of the book which provide a list of benefits to, and tips for,
adopting an adult pet. An additional
advantage is that youngsters will take comfort in the assurances of the three
angel cats which appear to Moo Kitty.
And they will find the charming illustrations by Kentucky artist Liz Leonard to be
adorable. Also, publisher Squidgy Press
has set up an affiliate program to help shelters financially in their critical
mission. Moo Kitty is an uplifting tale that deals with an important problem
of our day in a way that kids can understand and appreciate. Pennsylvania
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