Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World - eBook  -     By: Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
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Grand Central Publishing / 2008 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9780446542203
ISBN-13: 9780446542203
Ages: 9-14

Publisher's Description

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.

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One frigid Midwestern winter night in 1988, a ginger kitten was shoved into the after-hours book-return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. And in this tender story, Myron, the library director, tells of the impact the cat, named Dewey Readmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, and on Myron herself. Through her developing relationship with the feline, Myron recounts the economic and social history of Spencer as well as her own success story—despite an alcoholic husband, living on welfare, and health problems ranging from the difficult birth of her daughter, Jodi, to breast cancer. After her divorce, Myron graduated college (the first in her family) and stumbled into a library job. She quickly rose to become director, realizing early on that this “was a job I could love for the rest of my life.” Dewey, meanwhile, brings disabled children out of their shells, invites businessmen to pet him with one hand while holding the Wall Street Journal with the other, eats rubber bands and becomes a media darling. The book is not only a tribute to a cat—anthropomorphized to a degree that can strain credulity (Dewey plays hide and seek with Myron, can read her thoughts, is mortified by his hair balls)—it's a love letter to libraries. (Sept.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 11, 2009
    Dolly
    This was the most wonderful story I've ever read, and I am by far what you would call a "cat lover" but I love animals and have two dogs. But Dewey just touched my heart and soul. I feel as though I know this cat, the town, the library and all the people in it. Vicki did a marvelous job sharing her story of this wonderful cat and her special sixth sense. I've started a book review in my church and I have everyone reading this story. This is a "must read" book for the whole family. Make sure you have your box of tissues near by.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 20, 2009
    Beverly
    O.K, so I am a cat lover, but there is so much more to this books than just satisfying people like me. It is a great read and I do not want to see anyone miss the challenges that people have everyday of their lives and yet can find joy in a special book.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 20, 2009
    Barbara Prather
    A beautiful story not only about a special cat but about people that taught many life lessons.
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