The Brave Kitten
Pet Rescue Adventure
Illustrations by Sophy Williams
Tiger Tales, Little Tiger Press, 2016, 2014
Young Helena is walking with her cousin Lucy one chilly morning going to Lucy’s work at a vet clinic when Lucy spies something furry under a parked car. She inspects it and see’s its’ an injured kitten; Lucy wraps the cold, skinny cat up in her scarf and they rush to the clinic. Once there, the kitten has some touch-and-go moments but he survives with the only major visible injury is his broken leg. Helena falls in love with the kitten and she visits him as often as she can; she wants desperately to take him home but her mother won’t let her get a cat and the kitten’s owner has never shown up. It looks like the shy and afraid little kitten will have to go to the shelter. Who will adopt him when he won’t even come to the front of the cage to be petted? Who would want a kitten that has a broken leg? Helena worries about him and finally works up the nerve to ask her mother if he can come home with her. What will her mother say? Will the kitten ever settle in and learn to like humans again?
This little early reader story is very sweet, told alternately from Helena’s and the kitten’s point of view. It encourages compassion for creatures who cannot speak for themselves and shows an easy way for even the younger kids to get involved in raising money for shelters. This book is one of a series of thirteen in the Pet Rescue Adventures by the author. The large print, easy to understand plot-line (which includes some worrying/scary moments for the kitten and Helena but is resolved positively) and the pencil drawing illustrations make this a perfect book for early readers who enjoy learning about animals and pets.