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Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
     

Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family

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by Helen Brown
 

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"We're just going to look." Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend's new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible, with her overlarge ears and dainty chin.

When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by a tragedy. Helen was

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Cleo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
retromom More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful, moving memoir about a cat who helps heal a family after a horrific tragedy strikes them. We get a glimpse into Helen's life after she loses her son, Sam. The family had arranged to adopt Cleo as a birthday present for Sam. When Cleo is delivered to the family, the last thing they were thinking about was giving a kitten a home. They were grieving after losing Sam. As soon as Helen's son, Rob holds Cleo, he smiles for the first time in a very long time. Cleo was indeed home and on her way to becoming a part of the family. I enjoyed reading about Cleo's crazy cat antics. Cleo certainly made her presence known right from the start. Anyone who is owned by a cat knows how insane life can become with a small kitten running the show. You also know how loving a cat can be especially in our times of need. Cleo was no exception. It was as though she knew she had an important job to do and that was to help her family through a terribly trying time. I loved reading about Cleo's adventures with her family. The story is both touching and amusing. The book is not just about Cleo but about a family moving forward after a tragic time in their lives. By the end of the book I felt as though I knew Helen, Cleo and the whole family and had taken the journey along side them. I have always thought that animals possess a healing quality and Cleo has shown me that to be true. I loved this book and highly recommend it, even if you are not a cat lover! Be sure to have Kleenex close by. This book will have you in tears at times, some happy tears, some sad tears and some from laughing so hard at Cleo's shenanigans. I enjoyed Helen's sense of humor. Pets and laughter can be the best medicine of all! This book will stay with me for a long time to come.
MEM52 More than 1 year ago
I don't ordinarily read this kind of book, but I have to confess, I was drawn to it because I myself have a black cat named Cleo whom I got as a kitten, so seeing the cover was startling and I knew I had to read the book. I have to admit that despite my trying to resist, the story of this little black cat and the family who adopted her drew me right in. Unlike many stories of this kind, Brown writes in a no-nonsense voice, pleasantly devoid of excessive sentimentality, and the story never turns maudlin, even when sad events happen. I'll admit to being a little teary-eyed at the end, surprised at how moved I was. I'm a "cat person" - I've lived with cats all my life - and I have to say, Ms. Brown perhaps anthopomorphizes Cleo just a bit too much - but no matter. I still couldn't put the book down and finished it in a day and a half over the weekend. One thing that did NOT please me, though, is how the publisher chose to Americanize the spelling and usage for the American edition, as though American readers would not recognize "harbour," "centre," or degees of temperature in Celsius (check the first few pages of the book on Amazon's U.K. site if you want to verify this). Translate from another language, certainly, but we DON'T need a translation from New Zealand English! Nonetheless, a charming, heartwarming story, if nothing groundbreaking, with particular appeal to animal lovers. Grab a box of tissues and enjoy.
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If you enjoy books about family trials and how pets bring happiness to family members through the bonds they share, then this book is for you.
mochasmom54 More than 1 year ago
A must-read for cat lovers. Helen Brown has a wonderful writing style, will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. You will definitely see some of your cat's antics in Cleo. I couldn't wait to read more, but didn't want the book to end.
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I bought this book at my local BJS and loved it. Helen never had a thought about adopting a kitten until her sons convinced her to get Cleo, an irrestable black runt. Soon after,Sam, her oldest skn, is tragically hit by a car and killed. Cleo arrives a couple months later, and Helen is about to give her back until she sees Rob, her youngest son, do something she hasn't seen in a long time- his smile. Cleo mends the family through every moment, both good and bad. This story was probably the best I've read since Warriors. 20 stars. I am looking for the sequel, Cats and Daughters, aka After Cleo Comes Jonah.
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mbubbles13 More than 1 year ago
People take life for grantide. So after a huge tragedy you end up blaming yourself. Helen was not expecting a tiny little kitten after the death of someone close (I don't want to give it away). This story is about how something so small could mend a families heart. It is a perfect story that will leave you touched at the end. It is a must read! I do have to say it got boring for a while but the ending was very well written! I would recomend this to anyone, it is a very nice book. :D
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J Dillon More than 1 year ago
Cleo is one of the most touching stories i have ever read. It is a very cute sad and happiest stories ever. You should read this book i will get you thinking how lucky you really are.
Alyssa Alvarez More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome book i love it
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