Monday, July 18, 2011

Cosmo's Story by Sarah Hawkins


Cosmo the kitten with bright green eyes and tabby stripes, looks just like a tiny tiger - but he definitely doesn't act like one! Shy and timid when he is brought home from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, soon he and his new owner Megan are the best of friends. One day, Cosmo notices a bluebird nest in a tree in the garden - Mum jokes that Cosmo is only interested in the nest because he wants to catch the birds inside! But when a baby bird tumbles from the nest, will gentle Cosmo end up wanting to help or harm it?

When Liz and I were going through the books for July this range of titles caught my eye. There's loads of kitten and puppy (and at work I saw a rabbit one the other day!) related stories available but these are produced in association with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It's a simple and sweet story aimed at ages 5 and upwards about Megan who has been promised a kitten for her birthday. Rather than taking one from her friend's cat who has a litter then go to Battersea and choose one.

Cosmo was abandoned in a box on Battersea's doorstep and Megan instantly falls in love with him. The book follows the process they go through; from choosing him, their house visit to the moment he finally comes home. I especially loved how he explored his surroundings and quickly became a part of the family. The best bit about this series of books is the information about Battersea in the back plus tips on how to look after your dog or cat. Full of lovely illustrations Cosmo's story manages to be both educational but also fun.

As an owner of a rescue cat I wholeheartedly support the message in Cosmo's Story!

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