Book Review: Cat and Crow

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?

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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