Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue
In 1996 in Brooklyn an abandoned garage caught on fire. A cat,
Scarlett, was cuddled up with her kittens. She leapt to her paws to
begin carrying them to safety one by one.
The fire was brought under control. A firefighter heard the
soft cries of the kittens. Knowing they could not have saved
themselves, he searched for and found Scarlett. Nancy Loewen's
Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue: Fire Hero is the story of this very
The terse text with every word perfectly chosen and dramatic but
tender pictures make this real life story a true peach of a read aloud
for parents and teachers to share.
On a personal note, for the rest of her life Scarlett was a special
needs cat, needing eye drops three times a day. A special section at
the back asks what the challenges and rewards of taking care of such
an animal are. I can tell you. My beloved Joey cat was born with
urinary tract problems. He has had to have a number of life saving
operations. The challenges are that I have to be very vigilent and
bring him to the vet at the first sign of a urinary tract infection.
I also often have to give him meds he doesn't want. The rewards are
so much greater. He is a sweet natured cat with a heroic will to
live. Most of the time when he is well he is the happiest, most
affectionate cat you can imagine. I can never take him for granted.
Each day when I see his dear little face my heart is filled with joy.
A great big shout out goes out to everyone at Veazie Vet who is so
good to Joey and to all the folks who take tender loving car of
special needs animals.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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