A delightful litter of cat stories from the master storyteller of North Yorkshire. Herriot (Every Living Thing, 1992, etc.) is now retired after 50-plus years of practicing veterinary medicine, primarily with farm animals. While, especially before WW II, country vets rarely treated house pets, Herriot was an exception. Over the years, he not only treated a wide range of feline ailments but met and befriended many colorful and devoted cat owners—and these stories are as much about them as about the animals. There's Mr. Ireson, an eccentric world traveler and lover of poetry who lives in a makeshift tarpaulin house with petite little Emily, his cat whom Herriot saves from a difficult delivery with an emergency caesarean. When visiting a farm to tend to a cow's overgrown hooves, Herriot finds a tiny black kitten outside in freezing weather. The kitten is soon adopted (and nursed) by a foster mother—a sow with twelve piglets. And there's Olly and Ginny, two completely wild strays who adopt the Herriots at their later home in Hannerly, living for years in the backyard and ever so slowly learning to trust humans. (The day Ginny presses her nose against Herriot's was, he says, one of his ``greatest triumphs.'') And, most touchingly, there's the tale of Debbie, a stray who frequently visits the plush home of Mrs. Ainsworth, where she's fed and allowed to sit by the warm fire but stays for only a precious few minutes each time—but where, with her dying breath, she brings her tiny kitten on Christmas Day. A must for Herriot followers and cat lovers alike; the only disappointment may be that this slim volume simply reads too fast. Short, but oh, so sweet. (Color illustrations, not seen) (First printing of 850,000; Literary Guild selection; $500,000 ad/promo)

Pub Date: Sept. 12, 1994

ISBN: 0-312-11342-0

Page Count: 176

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1994

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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