by EllaM on October 31, 2009Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Vicki Myron, Grand Central Publishing, New York, 2008, 277 pages.
This New York Times bestseller of 2008 shows what one cat did to make the world a better place. If a cat can impact people all over the world, think of what a human being who shows unconditional love to everyone can do.
Dewey came to the Spencer , Iowa, library one snowy winter day through the book deposit box. Someone actually deposited this small yellow kitten at the library and there he lived for the next 19 years. Dewey became a popular draw for both children and adults. Dewey was not just any cat, but appeared to have a special sense for who needed attention and love. He chose to get closest to those children who were shy or disabled. Though he loved laps in general, Dewey was partial to the lonely and discouraged. As news of Dewey spread to newspapers in the heartland, other news media picked up the story until the library cat became well-known across the country and families went out of their way to visit him. After a TV video team from Japan came by, he started getting fan mail from there.
The book also tells the story of a town and the life of a single mother who is the author and librarian at Spencer. It tells how this one little animal touched their lives. Dewey inspires all of us to lead lives of compassion in our own spheres of influence.
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