Book Review: Cat and Crow

Review cross-posted on our sister site: Caterpickles.com.

Cat and Crow: An Amazing Friendship
By Lisa Fleming
Illustrated by Anne Marie Dominik-Harris
Whitehall Printing Company, 2011
Age Range: All Ages

Did you see the YouTube video about the cat and the crow who became best friends? The interview on Oprah? The National Geographic, Animal Planet, or Miracle Pets specials?

Yeah. Me neither. At least, not until I’d found this book in our local bookstore and decided to hunt the videos down on the Intertubes.

For those of you who haven’t heard the story before, a few years ago a crow named Moses adopted a motherless stray kitten (Cassie) and raised her as his own. Moses fed Cassie, wrestled with her, even shooed her out of the street when cars were coming. The unlikely friendship lasted for four years, until Moses the crow finally disappeared.

Cat and Crow tells the story of the surprising bond between Moses and Cassie, from the perspective of Wally and Ann Collito, the couple who eventually gave Cassie a permanent home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Although the writing is a bit choppy for my taste, I still like this book. It’s a sweet story, sweetly illustrated by Anne Marie Dominik-Harris.

Mostly, I like this book because the story played out just a few towns over from Caterpickles Central, and keeping an eye out for Moses and Cassie makes our visits to Capron Park just that much more interesting. The story is also a great opening to talk with my Caterpickle about friendship, and finding friends in the most unlikely places.

And now it’s your turn. What are you reading this week?

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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