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Moses the kitten Paperback – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; First edition. Scholastic Edition edition (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590468588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590468589
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Moses the Kitten] will appeal to a wide audience of adults and children-those who love animals and those who are moved by a quiet, humane way of life." --San Francisco Chronicle
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This is one of the sweetest kitten stories I've ever read.
vbgrannie
As he grew up he had a very good life and he always remembered and kept company with his adopted mother, the sow.
John
They are accomplished in soft colors with a soft touch and match perfectly with the text.
D. Blankenship

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on July 18, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
The text of this book is pure James Herriot, with absolutely no attempt to speak down to a young audience. Therefore, the use of the regional dialect may be a bit of a challenge to some young readers, but the exquisite illustrations should spur nine year olds & older to read it for themselves. It should be stressed that this is a true story as all of Herriot's writing is based on his experiences as a country veterinarian.
Do resist the temptation to skim through the book for the illustrations before reading it though. The illustrations are definitely a part of the story and one of the double page illustrations will definitely get a better reaction if not seen until one reads the preceding text.
If this "children's book" is left out on the coffee table, I predict that everyone in the family will at one time or another read it and enjoy it. I'm sure that any teenagers will wait until nobody sees them reading it, and that they won't admit enjoying it, but chances are they will.
Also, this book may well inspire those 12 and older to read James Herriot's adult books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
In the beginning a man found a very ill kitten, so he went to a farm close by. The people there said, "We can help." They gave him some warm milk and meat scraps. Moses, the kitten, one day was hungry and nobody was around. So he went searching for food. Then he found a sow (or pig) and saw all her piglets. They were all eating so he decided to call the sow his mother, and he drank from her and got milk. As he grew up he had a very good life and he always remembered and kept company with his adopted mother, the sow.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great children's story from one of the best story tellers of our time. James Herriot, the English Veterinarian whose books have been best sellers for years, has had his stories reproduced here in a form which in compatible for children.

This is the story of a kitten, probably about six weeks old that is found freezing by a pond while Dr. Herriot makes one of his farm visits. The kitten is taken to the farmer's wife for care. The farm has no kittens or black cats, which makes it a mystery as to where the kitten is from. The kitten is eventually adopted by a mother sow and her litters and the kitten apparently like his new home and his new running mates as he spends the rest of his life living with the pigs.

This is a cute story told in typical Herriot fashion. I was very pleased to find that the publishers kept in place and retained the regional dialect. Our children are, at times, rather sheltered from anything but American English, and I feel it important that we expose them to other dialects/accents at an early age. There is nothing here that the kids cannot work around, even if a little help is given here and there.

The art work by Peter Barrett is absolutely delightful. They are accomplished in soft colors with a soft touch and match perfectly with the text. I have to agree with another reviewer here who stated that you should resist going over the pictures before you first read the book. The text and the illustrations absolutely make the story and need to be viewed and read for the first time together.

All in all, this is a wonderful children's book and certainly belongs on any child's book shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 30, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
I loved this book. I love all of James Herriot's books. He is my favorite author. To bad he is dead. He died in 1994. This book is about a little kitten who is found by a vet. Moses is put in the stove to warm him up. The farmer's wife puts him with the piglets. And he starts to eat with them. And he lives with them forever. Buy it. You'll love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on April 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a very touching story. There is a lot of valuable information about farm life that I think is fascinating. Some of the language is tough for a child. However, it is great for a child to learn his/her grammer.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful, moving story for children, which will touch even the parent reading the book! My only complaint about that it uses archaic (or regional?) language that in many cases even I (the parent!) didn't understand. It didn't really keep us from enjoying the story; it was just frustrating for me to be flustered by words in a children's book! I would recommend it nonetheless; just be sure to read it to your kids rather than handing it to them to read themselves, as it may frustrate a young reader.
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Format: Hardcover
Even though this is a child's book, I would recommend it to adults as an easy read that will usually bring a tear to your eye and a warm feeling in your heart. If you enjoy animal books or just ones where the lesson of compassion and caring for others is there then you will enjoy Mr Herriot's books.

This one finds Dr Harriot going out in the very bitter cold on a vet call to find a very tiny very cold kitten in the bulrushes. He takes it to the farmer thinking it was one of their kittens that had strayed away. It wasn't theirs but they took him in and the farmer's wife started nursing him to health. Within the time the vet was there the kitten looked like he was going to 'make it'...a few weeks later when he made another visit out there he got a surprise as when the farmer took him to see Moses. He took him to the pig pen and there nursing on the momma hog was Moses in the mist of 12 piglets! Moses did grow up and thrive and always looked to the Momma hog as his seragate mom or his best friend
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