Thursday, June 2, 2011

Children's Book Review: The Miracle of the Little Kitten by Samuel Lopez

ISBN 978-1-58985-160-3
$ 15.95 U.S.
Published by Five Star Publications, Inc.
Published Fall 2009
Soft cover


True Stories of the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption of the Special Animals at Compassionate Pet Sanctuary

Of the different animals at Compassionate Pet Sanctuary, some were dropped off, some were rescued, and others just showed up on their own. But all found a safe haven on the hundred-year-old farm where Samuel and Cheri Lopez brought them back to full health while helping them restore their faith in people. In four fascinating stories, Samuel helps young readers understand both the joy and the responsibilities that come from having a pet. Children will read the inspiring tale of a three-legged kitten, about orphaned owls, a smelly little puppy, and how Samuel's own dog rescued a scruffy little kitten.

Farmer Samuel can hear a little kitten calling for help. He searches everywhere but he can’t find him. Just when he’s about given up hope of finding the kitten, here comes his dog Stinky Little Scroungy (yes, that’s his real name!). Scroungy has something gray and furry in his mouth. Is it the kitten?

My Review:

As many of you know, I am a dog lover, and have 3 rescue dogs of my own.  I was excited to receive and read this book, by Samuel Lopez.  This book contains true stories about Farmer Samuel and his wife Cheri, who rescue and provide a better life for animals, including a little kitten.  It is hard to instill a love of animals and proper care and respect that is needed with adults, as they are busy with their hectic schedules and lives.  But, through books like this, we can pass along the message about caring for and showing compassion for animals, especially rescue animals with our children.  In the end, they will be the one's to help these orphaned animals find forever homes.  

I can't wait to share this story with my daughter when she gets older.  Both my husband and I are hoping that she will have a love for animals like we do, and a kind and gentle heart when it comes to rescuing these animals and helping to provide better lives to them.  Even if you can't rescue a pet and bring it home with you, there are always other ways you help, through volunteering, donating food, supplies and money, and so much more.  If you are looking for a great community service project to do with your children this summer, why not consider helping out at a local pet rescue.  You will become inspired to do, as was I, after reading this book.

About the Author:

Author Samuel Lopez and his wife Cheri live on a hundred-year-old farm in Westley, California, a small town 85 miles southeast of San Francisco. They share a lifelong love for all animals, and so the farm life suits them well. What happened shortly after they moved to the farm, however, surprised them both.

At night, people began dropping off unwanted animals and then driving off into the darkness. Some, perhaps bolder and more caring, would arrive during daylight hours and knock on the door to the old farmhouse. "We have a dog we can no longer keep," they would say. "And we heard you take in unwanted animals." And so it began.

It wasn't long before there were too many animals for Samuel and Cheri to care for and feed, and so they began searching for permanent and loving homes for these once unwanted animals. So much of their time was being consumed by their efforts on behalf of dogs, cats, and other creatures, that they established Compassionate Pet Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Over the years, the programs of Compassionate Pet Sanctuary have expanded to include low-cost spay-neuter services and a trap-neuter-return program to help reduce the number of feral cats in the area.

Samuel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from California State University. 

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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