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The Bravest Cat! The True Story of Scarlett (All Aboard Reading) Paperback – September 22, 1997

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Kindergarten-Grade 2?A mother cat who saved her kittens from a fire in an old garage in 1996 became the subject of news stories across the nation. This fine retelling of the rescue, the veterinary care, and the search for homes for the stray cats will appeal to beginning readers. The attractive page layout has large, realistic watercolor illustrations, pleasing type, and ample white space. The color photograph of the recuperated, though scarred, Scarlet with her new owner on the last page is an endearing ending. Show children the original newspaper articles about this human-interest story and watch them check out The Bravest Cat! for their own reading pleasure.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Laura Driscoll has written several books for Penguin Young Readers, including Frogs and Apples: And How They Grow.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448417030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448417035
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best of the story books about Scarlett written at the pre-school to first grade level (reading level determined by publisher.). This book tells a much more complete story than the other one I reviewed which was the same level or perhaps lower. It's such a heart-warming story of motherly devotion that it's still treasured all these years after Scarlett nearly died rescuing her kittens. Details of Scarlett's injuries are not included since the book is for young children. I highly recommend it.
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I've reviewed a number of wartime memoirs which document the strength of mothers' love under fire. In this children's book is the true story of "Scarlet", the stray cat who braved a roaring fire to rescue her kittens, one at a time. The mother cat was badly burned by the time she had saved her kittens, but the New York firefighters who witnessed her heroic feat rushed the family to the vets' in time. Overnight, "Scarlet" became an international celebrity and symbol of the power of maternal instinct. This book is beautifully illustrated and very simply written for the beginner readers. Parents will enjoy reading this heart-warming story aloud to younger children.
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Format: Paperback
As a reading specialist at a large elementary school, I was delighted to discover The Bravest Cat! The True Story of Scarlett. It is a wonderful book for children (and adults!)
of all ages. It paints a very real picture of a wonderful mother cat and her family. It is well written with a flowing
sequence of events. This book can be used as a teaching tool with any age child, not only for reading content but also as a
model for writing. I also thought the art work was beautiful
and was particularly touched by the picture on the final page.
This book has been chosen to be a paperback theme book for our
latest reading adoption series. I think that alone proclaims its quality and high value. I really would like more information on the real Scarlett. News stories, etc. that offer support would be great. This is a must read book for all animal lovers!
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my daughter and she really enjoyed it. A very heartwarming story, that every child should read.
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Children can read this tender tale for themselves and thrill to Scarlett's heroism against the horrific inferno that threatens her precious kittens. Scarlett is a true little hero and an inspiration to young readers. I was touched by her story and the sweet illustrations.
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This book is precious. It was written about my cat and me. There have been lots of books out there about Scarlett, but this one is particularly sweet. It's simple and the illustrations aren't too graphic. The only complaint I have is that they illustrated me to look like a little old lady! But in the end, it's all about Scarlett and her heroic rescue of her five kittens. Kids LOVE this book!
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My 7 year old is just learning to read on his own, and is in that challenging phase in which the stories he can read on his own are generally too simple and uninteresting. The challenge is to find books that he can read - or that challenge him a bit - that also engage him. The Bravest Cat is a true story of a mother cat who rescues her five kittens from a fire. There is some sadness in the story also (one kitten doesn't survive) but also great caring that the mother was so brave in her rescue. We have two cats (and in fact once had to put a kitten to sleep) so perhaps this all had an even closer to home ring for us. Very nice story.
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Format: Paperback
This book was purchased for my 4 year old daughter, a cat lover. Although this book is written for young children and/or early readers, it thoughtfully conveys the story of Scarlett, the mother cat who rescued her newborn kittens from a fire in an abandoned garage. It teaches children that love and sacrifice is not confined solely to people.

While most of the book is comprised of soft watercolors through the story, a real photo of Scarlett and her new owner is included. Some young children may be upset by the scars Scarlett carries although my child was not.

A great purchase for the right child!
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