Sunday, November 16, 2014

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter, Birgitta Sif (Illustrated by)

Miss Hazeltine helps cats learn how to be cats.  It's not hard really, just read this picture book and you'll know how to do it, too.

Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th, 2015, so make a note to pick up a copy.  You won't want to miss this one if you like cats.

I really enjoyed this one.  The illustrations are luscious and colorful, the cats come in all shapes and sizes and Miss Hazeltine reminds me of the little match girl in Hans Christian Anderson's story.  She's small, but she has a big heart.

She teaches them how to stretch and arch their backs, how to climb, not to be frightened of loud noises or brooms and more.  She's patient with them and if they just want to hide and watch, that's OK, too.  When she goes out to get them milk and falls down into a ditch, it's the shyest one in the bunch that gets the others to come with him as he rescues Miss Hazeltine.

It's a sweet precious story that made me smile all the way through.  Why not get a copy for your little one?  You can both practice stretching like a cat!

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