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Five tiny kittens cry for their mama, as smoke begins to fill the abandoned warehouse that has been their home. But Mother Cat has left her cozy heap of kittens to go in search of food.

Determined to save her babies, Mother Cat dashes into the burning building and follows the sounds of frightened mewing. In five daring acts, she saves each kitten—a true hero cat! This story, accompanied by beautiful illustrations rendered in pastel, honors the tenth anniversary of the real story of a homeless cat who rescued her kittens from a burning building in 1996.

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ISBN-13: 9781933938585
Publisher: Nutmeg Media
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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Hero Cat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book tells the true story of a mother cat who risked going into a burning building to rescue all her kittens from sure death in the fire. While the true story is amazing, the retelling here is nothing to write home about. Likewise, the soft pastel illustrations are well done but nothing spectacular. I began reading this book to a child while babysitting and his attention was lost after the second page. I don't blame. him.
ericarhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, but it could be because I'm a sucker for a cute animal story. I thought this was a great story. It's about Mother Cat, who finally finds a place in a warehouse to have her kittens. She gives birth to 5. After a few days, she needs food so she ventures out shortly and then when she returns, she sees there is a fire. She runs into the building 5 times to save each of her 5 kittens, then collapses on the wet grass outside. She wakes up in a soft box with blankets and her kittens. The firefighters have found her and her kittens and brought them to a safe place. Then on the last page is a note from the author who says she wrote this book to honor, Scarlett, a cat in Long Island who had done the same thing. The firefighters found them and brought them to a shelter and they were al adopted to loving families. I loved the story and also thought the illustrations were great. They complemented the story well.
huyen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After much searching in winter weather, a homeless cat finds an abandoned building to deliver her kittens. When she leaves her kittens to find some nourishment, she returns to find the building up in flames. As the firefighters work to put out the fire, the mother cat works to save her kittens, walking through the fire to find and carry them out one at a time. Hero Cat is a story about mother love as much as it is a cat story.Spinelli describes a mother determined to do the best she can for her young and it is not so much that she¿s a cat that makes the story amazing to me, but that she goes repeatedly into the burning building to save every single one of her babies. And then I read the final page and discover it¿s based on a true story with a picture of the burnt cat and her kittens at a shelter. It brought me to tears seeing the photo and reading the biographical note. Stammen¿s illustrations are appealing and my daughter fell in love with the cat and the book. So did I.Ages 4-8.