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Friday, December 30, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Last Little Cat by Meindert DeJong

TITLE: The Last Little Cat
AUTHOR: Meindert DeJong 

PUBLISHER: Whole Spirit Press
DATE OF PUBLICATION: January 28, 1997 (first published 1961)
FORMAT: Paperback, 71 pages
GENRE: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 978-

The winner of the 1954 Newbery Award for The Wheel on the School, Meindert DeJong wrote this story originally published nearly four decades ago. 
The Last Little Cat is now back in print to delight both children and adults. The last little cat was born in a kennel, surrounded by dogs and dog cages and dog noises. The little cat was always half cold and half hungry - until the day it fell into the cage of the old, blind dog. Then, for a while, the last little cat was warm, and the last little cat was well fed. But how could such a small cat know that barn doors are closed at night and that there are people in the world who do not want to help a helpless kitten? This story of how the last little cat found a home, and not only a home, but the perfect home, again confirms DeJong's place among the finest writers of this or any day.


I read this book aloud to my children.

My children and I have soft spots in our hearts for animal stories, so we fell in love with this book! In particular, I love stories that feature unlikely friendships, such as the one between the cat and the dog in this book.

This is the second book by DeJong that we have read, with the first one being The Wheel on the School which was the winner of the 1954 Newbery Award. We enjoy this author!

The illustrations by McMullan are adorable!
MY RATING: 5 stars!! We loved it!!

This book qualifies as: 

#75 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge

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