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Posted January 18, 2012
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite
I love cats. I have had several cats over the years and I just adore them. That was why I picked up this book - to enjoy learning about a cat that was loved by other cats and their owners. Jekyll was a real cat that was abandoned and then rescued by a loving family. My sympathies go out to the entire Jekyll family of humans and pets as he unfortunately passed away in 2011 and this book was written to honor his memory.
The contents highlight especially good “life lessons” for children that include such things as brushing your teeth, bathing, working hard, learning how to have fun, eating healthy foods, and staying positive. Certainly parents can’t stress these things enough to their little ones. The book is written in rhyming poetry-style verse. The illustrations are absolutely adorable and would make any child or adult smile. Jekyll presents his “lessons” throughout the book without sounding preachy or bossy and suggests to kids not to be a couch potato, to dress nicely, to make others smile, and to learn new things. In the afterword, the author endorses rescuing homeless pets from shelters and adopting a vegetarian diet.
Kids will enjoy the rhyming scheme and silly words and parents will enjoy teaching Jekyll's lessons to their children. The book serves as a good conversation-starter between parents and toddlers about creating good habits and being nice to others.