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An abandoned kitten serves as balm, comic relief and social director to a hard-pressed Midwestern town.
The feline came in through the book drop on a bone-crackingly cold winter's night. The place was the public library of Spencer, Iowa, where the corn grows nine feet high and the earth is so fertile "you would swear the ground is about to push up and tip the sky right out of the picture." But this was in the 1980s, when the farm crisis was in full tilt; lenders had foreclosed on 50 percent of the family farms in northwest Iowa by the end of the decade. Local librarian Myron paints a town in crisis: economically, socially and in terms of the human spirit. She was in crisis too and neatly tucks her own recovery into the larger story of the town's gradual rejuvenation. Named Dewey (after the decimal system), the kitten became the library mascot and a synecdoche: "He never lost his trust, no matter what the circumstances, or his appreciation for life...He was confident." Myron doesn't overplay this metaphor, but works it subtly as she depicts the town's fortunes reviving and shows Dewey playing his role in that revival with composure, social skills, patience and a measure of mischief. In an easeful voice and with an eye for detail, she delineates Spencer: its economic swings, the lay of the land, the Prairie Deco downtown. Dewey is the pivot; he even became a bit of a national celebrity, and the New York Times ran his obit. He was, this loving account demonstrates, the right cat in the right place for Spencer and most certainly for its librarian.
Intimate portrait of a place snugly set within its historical moment, preserved in Myron's understated, well-polished prose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0035II97K
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (April 16, 2010)
- Publication date : April 16, 2010
- Language: : English
- File size : 1375 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #700,337 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I believe Dewey helped to reunite the residents of an Iowa town, that he brought joy, life, and love to every person he met (and even some he didn't).
Dewey has touched the hearts of millions of people over the decades. He will live as long as he is remembered. So, let us never forget that small orange tabby that was left in the book drop all those years ago, and as time went on impacted so many and still does to this day.
This was a really sweet story. I loved reading about how Dewey made his life at the library. In addition to being a cat lover, I also work in a library. It made me wish for a library cat of my own! I enjoyed all the little anecdotes and loved the photos. I admit I teared up in a few spots. I certainly enjoyed the book, and will probably pass it on to my nieces. Just make sure you’re ordering the right version!
The only complaint I have is with the awkward transitions between Dewey's story and the author's life. There are several chapters that have nothing to do with Dewey's story and are completely about the author's past; and there is no smooth transitioning between the two. It's almost like, "Enough about the cat, let's talk about me now." Not to say that it wasn't an interesting read, it was just...awkward. I understand tying two separate timeframes together to weave one story together, but this book did not succeed in that. She could have correlated a struggle of Dewey's to a struggle of hers, but there was none of that. The story of Dewey would rock along happily, only to be interrupted by two chapters of what its like to be a single mom. It's kind of like this review; everything's adorable, now let me rant about molding two stories into one.
Now, in earnest, I got what I expected from the story, which was a touching tale about an adorable cat. I was excited to see how the little guy became famous and how his story culminated in this book. If you are a cat lover, Dewey is worth the read.
Top reviews from other countries
The package contained a tiny ginger kitten, who was so thin that his little ribs could be seen beneath his icy cold fur. His condition was so grave that it gave great concern to Vicki and her colleague, Jean.
From that day onwards, the little cat's life was about to change ....
This story is so intriging that I found it almost impossible to put the book down!