Monday, June 15

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Written by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Birgitta Sif

My rating: ★★★½

ISBN: 978-0385753340
Publisher: Knopf Books
Date of publication: May 12, 2015
Age: 4 - 8 years

Themes: shyness, courage, lessons, love

Miss Hazeltine is opening a very special school for shy and fearful cats. They come from all over, and Miss Hazeltine gives them lessons in everything, from “Bird Basics” to “How Not to Fear the Broom.” The most timid of all is Crumb. He cowers in a corner. Miss Hazeltine doesn’t mind. But when she gets in trouble and only Crumb knows where she is, will he find his inner courage and lead a daring rescue?

It's cute. I appreciate the story because it's a fantastic look into overcoming one's fears and building courage. I particularly appreciate that the teacher, Miss Hazeltine, has her own fears--even though she's the trying to help these cats with theirs. So it's a great read for any kids who might be scared of one thing or another. The illustrations are also adorable, with a lot of expression in all the many cats drawn on the page. Their progression from shy, cowering kittens to the daring rescue is evident in everything from face to tail. Like I said: cute.

Is it the most amazing book ever, though? I'll recommend it to the right people, but I'm not raving over it. Check it out if you love cats!

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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