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Irvin doesn't manage the joys and heartaches of true love quite so well. His love is the exquisite, and at times ...
Irvin doesn't manage the joys and heartaches of true love quite so well. His love is the exquisite, and at times intimidating, black stray, Shaday. His unique feline heart, filled with godly compassion, won't let Irvin harm any innocent living creature, not even the humblest of sparrows, not even on the chilliest, hungriest of days.
The Extraordinary Exploits of Irvin, the Handicapped Cat is an extraordinary/ordinary tale. It deals mostly with everyday life, but in the last chapter, even such a mundane object as a small sofa brings about a miracle.
In due course Irvin is adopted into the perfect, permanent home, the strength of his youth returns to his limbs, and he discovers that, even missing his right back leg, he can jump again.
However, what means the most to Irvin, after loving, losing, and locating Shaday again, is to finally learn that she has always loved him, too, from the moment that they met.
"Irvin the Handicapped Cat is delightful! He is a cat with strong spiritual values who lives a life of adversity on the streets. Finding good in others and in unusual situations and never liking to live with prejudice, Irvin is a memorable and gentle guide who touches my heart. The author has introduced us to an unforgettable character. Hope permeates his story--and always love." Janice Gray Kolb, author of Compassion for All Creatures
"You too will fall in love with Irvin, the homeless and utterly compassionate three-legged cat. What reader will ever forget, for example, how when Irvin saves his lady-love from a research lab he turns to the other caged creatures to apologize for not being able to save them too! It is a sweetheart of a tale!" Steve Kowit, poet and essayist
"This is a fanciful, heartfelt allegory which anyone would enjoy. Ideal for older children." Virginia Torres, teacher
"A delightful book. J. Lynn Hughes' evocative descriptions of Irvin's travels allow the reader to see and hear the cats, birds, and people he meets and the landscapes through which he wanders. A story told with whimsical charm." David Briggs, export specialist
"An unforgettable tale that follows our hero Irvin through a series of adventures with a cast of interesting characters, that provides a perfect backdrop for Irvin's spiritual development, bravery, and compassion. Irvin's story is a tale that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages." Darrel Crain, chiropractor and journalist