Finding My Molly is on the National Humane Education Society's recommended reading list!
This is the first book in Krause' "Kitty Tales Trilogy" for 7 to 11 year old boys and girls. Soupy, the cat, is not allowed to go outside. One day, though, the front door is accidentally left open and Soupy cannot resist seeing what it's like outside. No sooner does he decide that outside is wonderful, when he is chased by a monstrous cat-eating beast. Soupy runs so far trying to escape the monster that he gets lost and must live in a hollow log in the forest. He must form a plan to find his way back home to little Molly, his beloved human-kitten. The next day, though, Soupy finds a tiny, helpless, orphaned baby raccoon in the forest, too. Soupy is now torn; raise the baby or find his way home? He can't do both at the same time. He knows his Molly would never abandon a helpless baby, so neither will he.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)|
About the Author
Krause is an animal rights activist and an avid animal-lover who devotes several hours each week volunteering at a nearby animal shelter. She is quite in tune with the feline psyche and has captured all of their adorable idiosyncrasies within the characters of Finding My Molly for the enjoyment of cat-lovers everywhere.
She wrote Finding My Molly in such a way that it would not only entertain, but also make the children think. She wrote it as a timeless lesson about love and loyalty and responsibility.
The author lives in a suburb of Chicago with her four cats, Lovie-Dovie, Clementine Clump, Rocco, and Monkey. Peggy's daughter recently married and she is very anxiously awaiting grandchildren to play with.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Soupy is a house cat, but that doesn’t stop him having lots of cat friends who visit him each day. He loves his human-kitten Molly, but one day the door is left open and he cannot resist a peek.... After a terrifying experience he finds himself lost, hungry and alone in a forest. Eventually he finds a friend and then unexpectedly becomes dad to a strange looking kitten. Molly, his human-kitten and his cat friends are searching frantically for him but with the responsibility of caring for the strange kitten, Soupy has to abandon his desire to return home, his strange kitten needs him more. Peggy has in this lovely story gently explained the concept of taking responsibility and caring for others. After reading it, it is easy to see why it is on the National Humane Education Society’s recommended reading list. Reviewed for Your Pets Magazine by Susan Keefe
"Meow! Meow!" Soupy the cat needs help! He's lost, frightened and misses Molly, his young, devoted owner. Soupy was a house cat, living with his mistress Molly, along with her "mean brother" Billy and the girl's understanding mother. He was quite happy and enjoyed the frequent visits of the neighborhood cats, Puff Puff, Spider Man, Lila and Lola. Life was good. One day, Billy rushed outside and forgot to shut the door. Soupy was curious and before he knew it, he was outside. The sun shining down on his coat felt wonderful and the grass tasted yummy. Soupy wandered a few more steps from the front porch, but then, a "heinous cat-eating beast," held back by leash, barked and pulled until its owner dropped the leash. Terrified, Soupy ran. Unfortunately, he ran in the wrong direction, away from the house. Soupy escaped the beast but he didn't know how to get home. Finding My Molly is Soupy's journey home and the friends he makes along the way. While Molly and her family search in vain for their beloved cat, Soupy finds a log to crawl into and pass the night. The first friend he makes is Princess, a well-educated cat. Realizing Soupy is hungry, Princess invite him into her house for some food and then teaches him that the cat-eating monster he encountered earlier was actually an animal known as a dog. Soupy continues to live outside in the log and quickly adopts an odd looking kitten who wandered into his space. Once again, Princess corrects Soupy and explains that the kitten is actually a baby raccoon. Nevertheless, Soupy decides to continue caring for Ferdinand the kitten/raccoon. The odd pair have several adventures (food from garbage cans, anyone?). As his relationship with Ferdinand grows deeper, however, Soupy is torn between caring for his young charge and finding Molly. Fortunately, circumstances intervene and Ferdinand makes the decision for him by leaving with a pretty young female raccoon. Told from the viewpoint of the cats, who speak to one another, young readers are likely to be drawn into their conversations and enjoy the animals' unique views of the world. Children will also relate to Molly, Soupy's owner. She is quite upset at the loss of her beloved cat and never gives up looking for him. When the cats talk, Krause has chosen to incorporate childish language into the dialogue such as ".my Molly loves to eat sammiches with sticky purple glop inside them," and "Molly gots a mean brother." The childish language is more prevalent at the start of the book and dissipates somewhat as the story gets going. The author is also the illustrator and attempts to connect with children by using rather primitive pencil drawings (black and white for the interior pictures and colored pencils for the cover). They give the book an unprofessional look and I suspect that many buyers may misjudge the book based on the drawings. Quill says: A sweet story about a lost cat who is totally devoted to his young owner.