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Book Review - Kitten Rescue Tales

Book Review - Kitten Rescue Tales

Kitten Rescue Tales chronicles the real-life rescues of two pairs of abandoned kittens, Nimai and Syama in London and Ninja and Samura in the Spanish mountains of Las Alpujarras.

Vicky Alhadeff and Katherine Napper

Illustrated by Anja Kolenko

Published by Generation 2050

 

Kitten Rescue Tales chronicles the real-life rescues of two pairs of abandoned kittens, Nimai and Syama in London and Ninja and Samura in the Spanish mountains of Las Alpujarras.

Even before opening, the book beckons you in with soft and warm illustrations by Anja Kolenko which reflect the genuine warmth of the storytellers toward the cats they describe.

Alhadeff’s tale is sadly an all-too-common one of two neglected cats entirely left to fend for themselves by their ‘owner’. Through Alhadeff's acts of kindness we see how her friendship with the cats blossoms as the trust between them grows. The author’s compassion, dedication and patience shines through her words and is rewarded by a mutually respectful relationship with Nimai and Syama.

The second tale, by Katherine Napper, tells the story of The Trash-Bag Warriors; two unwanted kittens discarded and left to die in a bin before their eyes had even opened. Imbued with a strong spirit of survival, the two warriors refuse to let this unfair start to life get the better of them. Told through the innocent eyes of Ninja, ‘the stripey one with the heart of a tiger’, it’s hard not to fall in love with the pair as they discover a brand new world around them.

Together the tales form a very moving anthology. These are real cats with real stories which reinforce the book’s authenticity and allow a deeper level of empathy than if the characters were fictional.

Both tales seamlessly interweave essential information about caring for cats and encouraging a compassionate approach to living with a companion animal. A middle-page spread gives tips about how to keep your cat happy and the final pages champion the importance of neutering and adopting from a shelter rather than buying from a breeder.

This is a great book for anyone with children and cats already living together or those thinking of adding a feline to the family. I fall into neither of these categories but still found it an emotionally rich and enjoyable book.

 

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