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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

A book by Vicki Myron (contributor Bret Witter)

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Dewey was Touching and Heartwarming Book

  • May 15, 2010
Rating:
+5

What was your emotional reaction as you read?

This book tells about the life of Dewey, how he came to be at the library and how he lived out his life there. This book had many funny parts about his life in the library and also a story that gripped you as you read about him.
Why? I am an animal lover and hate to see them in pain.

 

Who would you recommend this reading to and why?

I would highly recommend this book to who anyone who loves animals and wants to read a book about an animal from the person who took him in and loved him. It is just a touching story about a cat who become the mascot of the library and lived his life there.

 

Consider the setting.

Dewey is set in a pretty mid sized town of Spencer, Iowa with problems of their own but the lives of the people are made better when they head to the library and see Dewey, who makes their lives infintely more better.

 

Consider the story/plot.

A story about a cat who was found by the Director of the towns library, Vicki Myron and his life as he lived in the library. Just a simple but profound story that intrigues and fascinates.

 

Consider character development.

You are shown into the life of the author who took in Dewey and the town. It is nonfiction, so not much character development, unless you count the years and what happens to the people in the town as they visit the library.



What was the message/purpose of the writing?

The author wanted to introduce Dewey to the world and what he stood for in her town after he passed away.

 

Compare and contrast reading with other book types.

There are many books out that are similar to Dewey and they do the same thing in their books, but for some reason, Dewey grabs you by the heartstrings and does not let go.

 

Compare and contrast reading to movie adaptations.

No movie has been made as yet for Dewey, but it would be nice if they did make it into a movie.

 

Describe the illustrations (if applicable).

Real life pictures of Dewey, the author and the people of the town in which they lived.

 

Reflect on the author.

Viki Myron was a divorced mother who worked at the local library in Spencer, Iowa, who saved Dewey from certain death, let him live at the library for the rest of his life, and went through some troubled times herself, before Dewey passed away at the end of the book.

 

Nonfiction: Describe the facts and research.

Viki Myron did enough research on this book as she wrote it, since it entailed her life and the life of Dewey and the people of the town.

 



 



 

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May 25, 2010
Thanks for the review on the monthly Yahoo Cafe Libri read. It was a very charming idea for a book. I wish my library had a copy of it.
 
May 23, 2010
Sounds positively charming. Would make for a nice change of pace. Thanks for letting us all know about it.
 
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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Beautiful book. I am a cat lover, and this just warmed my heart.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
I hadn't heard about Dewey before reading this. A great story for a cat lover.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Nice story. I love cats, so when I read the title I just had to read the book and I'm glad I did. Cute, touching story.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
You have to love Dewey. He's charming, adorable and helps to revive the spirits of a town. He makes you want to take him out of the book and give him a big hug!
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Good Book, Great Story, Interesting, catchy, gets you involved every chapter
review by . May 25, 2010
This is simply a cute and easy read.  The follows the life of a Library Cat, and the joys it brings to a community.  A must read for any cat lover.      
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(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron) Vicki Myron shares the process involved in putting her labor of love on the pages of "Dewey: The Small-Town Libray Cat Who Touched the World."

Dewey, an abandoned kitten from the heartland, transforms a sleepy library, inspires a classic American town, and captures the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Vicki Myron was a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm and an alcoholic husband. But her biggest challenge as the new head librarian in Spencer, Iowa, was to raise the spirits of a small, out-of-the-way town mired deep in the farm crisis of the 1980s.

Then, on the coldest morning of the year, Vicki found a tiny, bedraggled kitten almost frozen to death in the night drop box, and her life—and the town of Spencer—was never the same. Dewey, as the townspeople named the kitten, grew into a strutting, affable library cat whose antics kept patrons in stitches, and whose sixth sense about those in need created hundreds of deep and loving friendships.

As his fame grew, people drove hundreds of miles to meet Dewey, and he even ended up in a hit television documentary…in Japan! Through it all, Dewey remained a loyal companion, a beacon of hope not just for Vicki Myron, but for the entire town of Spencer as it slowly, steadily pulled itself up from the worst financial crisis in its long history.
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