Barely surviving in the city, an abandoned kitten finds the perfect home.
After his mother and siblings disappear, a kitten scavenges food and eludes the ubiquitous threats of the urban streets. Removed from his life of danger to a place of safety (the pound), the kitten discovers “boredom was better than misery.” But boredom is relieved when the kitten is soon swept away amid “voices and laughter” into “sunshine and blue sky.” Relocated to a place with a house, a yard, and a white family that names him Swan, the kitten gradually realizes this is now his house, his yard, and his family and quickly adjusts to a routine of napping, hunting, grooming, eating, and playing. While the unadorned text relies on language reflecting Swan’s sensory and emotional responses, Hobbie’s realistic pencil-and-watercolor illustrations provide visual details of his transition from the dingy grays, blacks, and browns of dirty city alleys to the glorious full-color countryside. City scenes reveal a scraggly, fearful Swan crouching amid trash cans and cowering in the rain. In contrast, post-adoption illustrations show a playful Swan from various perspectives, aloft in a tree, perched atop a stone wall, watching butterflies with wide-eyed wonder, and curled next to a sleeping girl, reinforcing the perfection of his new life.
A luminous, heartwarming story of one kitten’s transformative journey. (Picture book. 3-6)