This Story Is Not About a Kitten

By Emanuel Berger | November 10 2022 | Children'sBlog

A heartwarming picture book about a neighborhood coming together to help a kitten find a home, from a New York Times bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator.

Contrary to what you may believe, this story is not about a kitten, hungry and dirty, scared and alone, needing a home. It is also not about the dog who heard the kitten meowing sadly. Even less so about the woman and child walking the dog, who stopped when their dog heard the kitten. Nor is it about the friends who brought a box for the kitten, or the man who offered it some milk. No, this story is not about a kitten at all—well, maybe a little—but more importantly this is a story about community, compassion, and generosity.

Randall de Sève’s thoughtful and warm story is sure to fill readers of all ages with hope and the warm fuzzy feeling that rescuing animals brings. Wonderfully complemented by Carson Ellis’s breathtaking illustrations, this book is sure to be cherished by animal-loving readers everywhere!

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Randall de Sève is the New York Times bestselling author of award-winning picture books that have been translated into many languages worldwide. All of her stories spring from real-life experiences, then take shape in her imagination. This Story Is Not About a Kitten was inspired by the rescue of a kitten from under a car outside Randall’s home, by a team of huge-hearted Brooklyn neighbors.

 

Carson Ellis is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books Home and Du Iz Tak? She also collaborated on the Wildwood Chronicles with her husband, Colin Meloy. She lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.

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Hardcover
40 Pages
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$18.99 US
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