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Book Review: Cat Found

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Cat Found 

Written by Ingrid Lee
Published by Scholastic Inc. on October 1, 2011
Genre/Topics: Realistic Fiction, Animal Rescue, Family Relations
Age: 10+, 176 pages 

Billy Reddick found an injured and dirty cat alone on the streets. He took the cat home, although his dad hates cats. Since Billy’s dad hates cats he kept the cat hidden in his messy room. His parents constantly fought and the cat gave Billy some comfort as he talked to the cat and provided care. The whole town disliked cats, because many stray cats wandered the streets at night. The town citizens became upset and discussed ideas about how to remove the cats. There were disagreements, since the town was divided with many ideas. Some citizens wanted to kill off cats whereas others wanted to safety rescue the cats. Billy was caught in the middle with family tensions, a secret cat he owns, and the town’s discussions.

Cat Found hooked my interest right from the first pages. The book described how the cat became injured and it truly broke my heart. Amazon listed this book for ages eight and up, but the subject was sensitive with some sad moments.  Depending upon the child’s maturity the book could be read with younger ages. The author wrote a similar book, Dog Lost.

Book Review: Tua and the Elephant

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Tua and the Elephant 

Written by R. P. Harris
Illustrated by Taeun Yoo
Published by Chronicle Books on April 18, 2012
Genre/Topics: Realistic Fiction, Thailand, Animal Rescue 
Age: 8+, 204 pages 

Tua and the Elephant is the story of a young and curious girl who lives in Thailand. She visits the local night market where she often goes and enjoys the tastes, sights, and familiar people. On one market outing she discovers an elephant who is being treated badly. She sets the elephant free and takes it with her. Although, she’s not sure where to take the elephant that she rescued. Men who owned the elephant chase Tua throughout the town as she does whatever it takes to hopefully keep the elephant safe.

The book’s setting is Thailand, so of course Thai is spoken. There are words and expressions that I understood after carefully reading. It doesn’t explicitly state what it means. I enjoyed this aspect, because it made it seem that I was actually there. An illustration is at the start of each chapter. Tua and the Elephant is a sweet book with a girl who doesn’t give up even though she’s small. The book also teaches the importance to take care of animals. The author visited Thailand himself and explains his contact with elephants. I’ll admit, the main reason I picked up this book was because elephants are my favorite animal.