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Who doesn't want more kittens?
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
When a barn cat has babies, Jasmine and Tom are surprised to find them. They've scared the mother, and she moves two of the kittens, but leaves the third. Jasmine begs her mother to allow her to raise the kitten, and she does, with the warning that perhaps there is something wrong that they can't see. Holly does well, and Jasmine keeps her away from the other two family cats. Her mother is insistent that Holly find another home, and Jasmine is upset when a classmate who wants to adopt her only cares about what cat accessories she can get. It doesn't help that it was this girl's dog who killed a duck in a previous book. After Holly gets out and causes a lot of destruction, the mother says that the cat must go. Will Jasmine be able to find a home for Holly that makes her happy as well?
Good Points
The details about caring for a cat and getting it accustomed to humans were great, and the English farm setting was tremendously appealing. There are not enough books set on farms and dealing with the ins and outs of caring for animals, and many young readers would like to be veterinarians when they grow up.

The illustrations add so much to the story and make it a warm and fuzzy read.This is a great book for elementary students who are fans of page decorations. Not only are there illustrations at the beginning of the chapters, but the bottoms of the pages have delightful landscapes of the farm, many including the cute animals!

Readers who love animals and who are begging for a pet of their own will root for Jasmine and take advice from her tactics in trying to adopt the kitten. Similar books would include Miles' Puppy Place and Jane Clarke's illustrated Dr. Kitty Cat.
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