How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world?
You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.
Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library.
He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband.
Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love.
For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.
As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.
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Comments about Dewey : The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World:
This is a delightful read. I love cats so it was a pleasure for me to read about the impact that one cat had on a small community. The circumstances of his arrival at the library as a neglected kitten sound like a movie script but this is a true story.
I gave this book to my mother for her birthday. I recommend it to everyone from 18 to 81!
"What an extraordinary story of love, courage and devotion. I will not soon forget the good people of Spencer, Iowa and their wonderful library cat. Dewey is truly inspiration for the soul."--Jack Canfield, co-creator of CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: September 2008
Publisher: Time Warner Trade Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.41