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Scat! Scat!

This cat has unrelenting self-respect, and rightly so!

Undeterred by rejections, a lovely cat proudly perseveres at finding a home.

Full Review

This little white cat lives in a clear and pretty world, but she has no place of her own.

While the plot of Scat! Scat! seems trite, the message, so well conveyed in the illustrations, is indispensable. Linda Powell’s drawings show a young female cat, with the indomitable character of …well… a cat. She is swept into a pile of dirt, soaked by an inconsiderate gardener, and chased wildly by a snappy dog.  After every scrape the little cat pulls herself together and recovers her lovable soft appearance, but more importantly she also recovers her feline haughtiness.

Even the ending is marvelously ‘feline’ and feminine. To her, all who reject her are merely signs to move on. They are, in final analysis, irrelevant. Comfort and company can still be found.

When her search comes to an end, she does not run to Amy, she proudly makes herself available for Amy to discover. The message seems to be, “I’ll wait to see if you are able of grasp my value.

The feline heroine of the story is purposeful and truly gallant. Through the illustrations, parents can show their children visible signs of her self esteem. Scat! Scat! provides a terrific character example for children.