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Go Home!: The True Story of James the Cat Paperback – January 1, 2000
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-A simple, heartwarming story. James can't remember when he lived with the people who put the now-too-tight collar on him so many years ago. He is too busy trying to survive on his own. When a kind family gives him a little attention, he thinks that maybe he has found a new home. However, the family members believe that the cat must belong to someone and shoo him away. James doesn't forget them, and returns the next summer tired, hungry, and badly injured. This time the family realizes that James is truly a stray and adopts him. Many of the pictures are realistic, close-up drawings of the animals, including a ferocious neighborhood dog that attacks the lonely cat. Humans are barely depicted at all, which keeps children's attention focused on the feline's tale. Young audiences will surely have a more sympathetic attitude toward stray cats after reading this compassionate story.
Christine Lindsey, Lake Superior Primary School, Ashland, WI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Meggs' lovely picture book, based on a true story, teaches children about kindness. It is not a stereotypical lost animal story. It's about an older cat, a cat with a collar, that everyone assumes has a home. In reality, though, the cat is lost, hungry, and desolate. Meggs captures the cat's lonely plight in watercolors that juxtapose the glow of firelight inside with the harsh winter landscape outside, including unexpected wildness hidden in suburban yards--an owl poised for attack, a slavering dog about to rip into its prey). The book follows the cat on its rounds from winter to late summer, eventually showing how a family that once dismissed the animal ("Go home!") comes to its rescue. The illustration of a snarling dog is especially notable for the way it seems to pop off the page. This story about belonging and the importance of making sure others belong too is effectively delivered in a way youngsters can understand. Connie Fletcher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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