I’ve been reading Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter for our January Book Club gathering. After our last several ‘thick and heavy’ selections, we decided we needed something lighter for the holidays. The book is about the librarians and volunteers in a small Iowa town who found a kitten in the book return slot one frosty morning. The kitten, after he is cleaned up and loved, becomes the library cat and takes on the name Dewey (for Dewey Decimal System). He is a lover of warm laps, hide-n-seek, red yarn and rubber bands. As a complex cat, he also seems to form relationships with those who need him most.
At the halfway point in the book, it is equal parts Dewey and small town Iowa farm life. The head librarian and author (Myron) shares the history of her hometown as it is affected by savage grasshoppers, farming recessions, a downtown fire, budget cuts and a library remodel. She also shares her personal life with chapters about an alcoholic husband, single parenting, returning to school and managing Dewey.
Books about animals have an interesting way of bringing out the best and worst observations of human nature through the animal’s eyes. We are only human, after all. And they are only animals, after all. At all ages, a close and personal interaction with a pet or encounter with wildlife is amazing. Here are some books about animals that you won’t want to miss:
Middle Grade Books:
Books for Adults:
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