Published February 28th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished cover via publisher
Beloved author-illustrator Holly Hobbie presents the story of a rescue cat’s adoption, the paradise he finds, and the transformative joy he brings to his new family. Holly Hobbie’s intricate watercolors evoke the small kitten’s hardscrabble life as powerfully as they do his blissful one. This story tugs the heartstrings and is a testament to the importance of pet adoption and the powerful ways that pets connect with their people.
In this charming tale, Holly Hobbie shares the story of Swan, a young kitten who has been left on the streets to fend for himself. He strives to survive, but a chance encounter lands him in an animal rescue that leads up to the rest of his life.
As someone who knows the background of our new cat pre-adoption, I deeply appreciated Hobbie's genuine honesty in introducing Swan's life pre-adoption. It's always hard to imagine kittens and cats struggling by themselves, but it's also a genuine reality.
With that being said, Hobbie's central focus on Swan's post-adoption life, is where the book really shines. With beautiful watercolors and thoughtful detailing, Hobbie details what it's like to gradually acclimate to a new household, and the love that comes with being accepted in said household. It's a thoughtful and thorough look for any readers, especially those who are adopting pets for the first time.
All in all, this is a heartwarming tale on the power of animals and adoption, and I highly recommend.