We gardeners understand that cats and gardens just naturally go together, as witnessed by the many bloggers that have both. Apparently, they get along pretty well with libraries, too.
As a world-renowned cat lover (well, this is the internet), and rescuer of many, it's hard for me to understand how people can do the things they sometimes do to them. When Vicki Myron reported to work one cold January day at the Spencer, Iowa library and found a tiny, freezing kitten in the after-hours book drop, she couldn't understand it either.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (list $19.99, Grand Central Publishing) recounts the story of Dewey, so named for the numbering system a library uses to file its books.
I'll admit, when I first started reading the book, I wondered how it came to be that there was enough material involving this cat to fill even a small book. Oh me of little faith...
Not wanting to reveal too much about what happens with Dewey, let's just say that he does what we cat lovers have known about our beloved felines since the first time we fell in love with them. Dewey charmed the staff and went on to become the library mascot and win the hearts of the town and many around the world.
The book is an easy read, peppered with actual photos of Dewey (I wish there were more). I smiled as I read of Dewey's quirky habits and antics and as you can guess, before the book was done, I reached for the Kleenex box. When all was said and done though, and I closed the book after the last page, Dewey left me feeling good and marveling at the power that a small animal can have on human beings, many of whom he'd never met.
But wait! There's more! Just today, I read that there is going to be a movie based on this book, with Meryl Streep slated to star as the librarian who discovered Dewey in the book drop. When you read the book, you'll want to see the movie.
Vicki Myron, with Dewey
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