Maya and the Lost Cat

by Caroline Magerl

Maya lures a cat on a nearby rooftop down with a can of fish. Maya uses a second... read more

Maya lures a cat on a nearby rooftop down with a can of fish. Maya uses a second can to coax Cat into following her as she goes door to door in search of Cat’s home. When Cat takes the lead, perching in Maya’s bike basket, “Maya followed Cat’s nose. Down through the town and across the park. Along the shore and onto the pier, thunketty thunk on the wooden boards.” They end up at a moored houseboat, where Cat springs “circus lion-style” into the arms of Fritz and Irma. It’s a joyful reunion for everyone except Maya, who is feeling a little sad, but there’s a warm surprise in store, making for an even happier ending. Every word thoughtfully chosen, the beautiful language is set against muted watercolor illustrations with delightful moments of whimsy (the endpapers!), including Cat’s catlike behavior—both regal and silly. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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