Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle

Highway Cats Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Shredder, a grizzled old cat, discovers three abandoned kittens on the highway he lives near.  Miraculously, the kittens survive crossing the busy lanes.  At first, Shredder and the other feral cats don’t much care for these seemingly helpless kittens, but they soon warm to their innocence in the face of life in the wild.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the town has plans to build ramps leading to and from the highway—ramps that would run right through the woods in which the cats live.  Because the arrival of the kittens has changed the attitudes of so many of the previously cold-hearted cats, they band together to frighten the workers who would destroy their home.

This is a good story with drawings at the beginning of each chapter.  It was interesting to read about how all of the cats’ different personalities work together to care for the kittens and to save their homes from being destroyed.  Recommend this to readers who enjoyed The Incredible Journey or Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

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