by Joyce McDonald, Karl Swanson

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K-Gr 3-- Left behind when their owners flee from a ramshackle rented house, a cat and a dog fend for themselves until Joe Budd, the new owner, comes to see what needs to be done. The dog goes off with Joe; the cat is not about to leave--``Because home was home. And that was that.'' As days and weeks of renovations progress, a neighbor provides food and a small dog house as shelter for the solitary feline. Rather than sell the property, the Budds decide to move in, and only then does the cat make her presence known. Rather dark hued, realistic, and meticulous full- or double-page colored-pencil drawings with inset text create a warm setting for this story of abandonment and compassion. Homebody, as the cat is finally named, is sleek, independent, and characteristically catlike in both textual and visual portrayal. A good choice for reading aloud and discussing the story's message of concern. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE

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