When an indoor calico cat named Patches spots a golden autumn leaf fluttering past her window, she can t help but venture outside to chase it. Read more...
When an indoor calico cat named Patches spots a golden autumn leaf fluttering past her window, she can t help but venture outside to chase it. But soon, Patches feels something tugging at her, telling her to find a special place one she won t know until she sees it. Why must she go on this search? She doesn t know yet.
Along the way, Patches finds herself in dire circumstances, but with the help of the other neighborhood animals, she faces off against the scariest dog in town and continues on her journey to her special place.
Beautifully told in verse and accompanied by adorable illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell, this heartwarming novel from Newberry Honor winner, Marion Dane Bauer, is a timeless, touching, and fulfilling story about finding your way home."
The whole world is at your paws
BookPage Fiction Top Pick, February 2016
Patches the calico cat is on a mission to find a special place of her own. A golden leaf pirouettes by the window, teasing her to follow. Filled with longing, she springs at the screen and chases the leaf into the wide, wide world. She’s never been on an adventure before, but one glance at the blue-and-gold sky tells her that thousands of special places must await her.
When Patches encounters Gus—the meanest, fiercest dog in the neighborhood—she stands right up to him, admiring his water bowl and supply of kibble, before moving on. But she’s soon starving and alone, so she seeks shelter beneath a postbox and wakes to a mouse scurrying across her whiskers. Hungry as she is, she considers eating the mouseling but converses with him instead. When the mouse politely asks Patches not to eat him, she honors his request and, with some help from a small red squirrel and the moon, decides that Gus’ doghouse will be “her special place.”
In the night, a fierce stomachache has Patches crying out for help, and Gus answers the call. Patches learns why finding her special place was so important—and why making new friends is more important still.
Young readers will treasure Little Cat’s Luck, a companion book to Little Dog, Lost by renowned Newbery Honor-winning author Marion Dane Bauer. Her engaging poetic style, paired with Jennifer Bell’s whimsical illustrations, makes for a poignant tale of a cat on the run.