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Stray Kitten [Hardcover]

Judy Waite
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Jan. 4 2000
Living on the streets is not easy for the stray kitten. There are many dangers - roaring cars, dogs on chains, children with sticks. Life is hard, and hunger gnaws at the kitten. He learns to fend for himself and feeds off scraps of food thrown out after mealtimes. But soon the scraps become scarce - and the poor stray becomes hungrier and hungrier and weaker and weaker. How will he survive?

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Grade 1-3-A tiny black-and-white kitten learns to be "watchful," "quiet," "careful," "patient," "hopeful," "wise," "quick," "brave," and finally "loved." Though the basic text reads well enough, adding the phrase, "he had learned-" to the end of each page turns the book into a "Kitten Scout Manual," emphasizing the attributes the feline learns rather than his story. Rowe's realistic illustrations are kind to cats and plants but tend to flatten out everything else, focusing on the main character. The setting does not appear to be England or America (places of publication), though the kitten's story is universal. Those willing to ferret out the strengths of the text to discuss life's lessons may find Kitten a useful addition; others will want to pass on it and recommend their copies of James Herriot's The Christmas Day Kitten (St. Martin's, 1993) or Margaret Wild's The Very Best of Friends (Harcourt, 1990) for feline rites of passage.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A gentle and moving text by Judy Waite is perfectly matched by Gavin Rowe's haunting watercolor illustrations. Judy Waite is the author of The Storm Seal, Mouse, Look Out! and Cheat. Gavin Rowe is a well-known British artist. His last four books - The Sleepy Dormouse, The Prickly Hedgehog, The Hungry Otter, and The Frightened Little Owl - were also published by Crocodile Books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stray Kitten March 24 2000
Format:Hardcover
To anyone who ever loved a cat, especially a stray cat, this book will conjure up tears as the story of a little stray kitten with a lot of lessons to learn unfolds. Fortunately, someone cares and when all hope seems lost to the frightened, hungry, homeless creature, help arrives. This tender story would be perfect shared with a child with a newly adopted kitten or any cat-lover. The illustrations are not too frightening even for a young child while the words beg to be read aloud.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect story for explaining strays to kids March 21 2007
By JenRink - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used to do a bit of volunteer work with a local animal shelter, and have always had a knack for attracting any stray within 10-miles. I stumbled across this book in our library and was initially attracted to the illustrations which reminded me of a cat I once fostered. The story is a perfect read-aloud (though I had to read it many times before I could make it through without sobbing). Like the other reviewer mentioned, the book is a very good way of introducing the idea of stray animals to a young child without being scary or too pessimistic. The book is simple and sentimental, but still very moving.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stray Kitten March 24 2000
By bthompson@bwibooks.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To anyone who ever loved a cat, especially a stray cat, this book will conjure up tears as the story of a little stray kitten with a lot of lessons to learn unfolds. Fortunately, someone cares and when all hope seems lost to the frightened, hungry, homeless creature, help arrives. This tender story would be perfect shared with a child with a newly adopted kitten or any cat-lover. The illustrations are not too frightening even for a young child while the words beg to be read aloud.
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