Little Cat's Luck
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Annotation: A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.
Catalog Number: #136301
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Bell, Jennifer
Pages: 211 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-42489-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96481-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-42489-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96481-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014037635
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A tiny cat searching for a special spot, a misunderstood dog, and a tribe of squirrels and birds, plus one bewildered mouse, come together in this free-verse narrative about being lost and finding one's place. One day a dancing leaf beckons to Patches, and soon the cat has wandered far from home. She takes shelter in a doghouse, and grumpy canine Gus is none too pleased when he discovers his house guest. He comes around, however, once he realizes Patches needs a safe place to give birth. When she lets Gus name a kitten and calls another Gustina in honor of her host, a bond is cemented between the two. Complications arise when Gus becomes possessive of "his" kittens, and Patches' human girl needs to be found, but, happily, a host of animals and people come to help. Newbery Honor Book author Bauer (On My Honor, 1987) has written a poetic and charming tale for young readers, bolstered by Bell's adorable, breezy illustrations. Animal lovers will want to take this home pronto.
School Library Journal
Gr 25 An inquisitive little calico house cat, on the prowl for a special place all her own, slips through a loose window screen and finds herself outside, where falling golden leaves lure her far away from home. At first, one may think that a cat wandering through town does not make for much of a story. But with deliberate pacing, the feline's adventures escalate, and while her boldness grows, so do readers' trepidations. Indeed, the ensuing encounter with the meanest dog in town reaches climactic suspense, but readers still don't know why the little cat named Patches is seeking a place of her ownthough there are some clues. Written in free verse and using concrete poetry elements interspersed with charming black-and-white drawings, the book engages on many levels. The writing in verse shows careful use of words; each sentence is spare but laden with meaning that moves the story forward. The use of free verse also makes the narration intimate and immediate, pulling readers right into the events. The story at its most basic is about families and love, but other themes are present, such as friendship, neglect, bravery, and determination. This is an endearing tale that is told with warmth and humor and a great understanding of love. This companion novel to Little Dog, Lost (S. & S., 2012) shines all on its own. VERDICT A good buy for young readers, whether they are animal lovers or not, and equally appealing to reluctant and voracious readers. Gretchen Crowley, Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA
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Word Count: 14,729
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 181703 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q67410
Lexile: 760L
Guided Reading Level: E
Little Cat’s Luck

Little cat,


Little calico cat

searching for a place,

a special place

to be her very own.

What she would do with a special place

once she found it,

she wasn’t sure.

Perhaps she would just curl up for a good nap.

But if she didn’t know

what her special place was for,

she knew exactly

what it would be like.

Hidden away,



quiet . . .

very, very quiet.

The little cat,

whose name was Patches,

by the way,

had checked

every possible spot

in her



looking for her special place.




Even the dusty space

behind the refrigerator

and the floor beneath the kitchen table

next to the chipped blue bowl

that held her kibble . . .

and occasionally a touch of tuna.


was quite right.

Not the pillow

where she slept

next to her girl’s sweet breathing.

Too open.

Not the basement

where her man pounded nails

and whirled saws.

Too noisy.

Not the studio

where her woman

slathered paint.

Too smelly!

And so,

on the day our story begins,

Patches sat just inside the window

at the front of her house,

gazing out

at the    wide    wide    world

and longing.

She licked a paw

and ran it over her ginger ear.

She washed her black ear next.

But just as she was starting on

her pretty white face,

something caught her eye.

Something golden.









Excerpted from Little Cat's Luck by Marion Dane Bauer
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From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes an “endearing tale…told with warmth and humor” (School Library Journal) that’s a companion to the “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) Little Dog, Lost.

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.

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