Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
By Helen Brown
While this is not as much of a “cat book” as one might wish — it is really more of a memoir, with Cleo, the plucky black kitty as the main supporting cast member — it does prove without a shadow of a doubt that cats are wiser than humans, and that even when we are supposedly “misbehaving,” we have great healing properties. Cleo came into author Helen Brown’s life at the worst possible time: Brown’s young son, who had picked Cleo out for adoption from a litter of kittens — had just died in a tragic accident. Brown thought that the last thing she needed was a kitten, but Cleo was what she needed most of all: a companion for her other son, Rob, and a distraction from the overwhelming grief that often threatened to consume her. In truth, Cleo does not mend Brown’s family, because nothing could have saved her marriage, but she does lend her healing presence to Brown and Rob, and helps them out in so many ways: helping Rob make new pals and screening new mates for Brown, for example. She welcomes Brown’s two daughters and new husband into the fold, and Brown, who thought she was a dog person, realizes that she and Cleo were meant to find each other. Cleo’s long life, and Brown’s emotional-but-never-cloying book are testaments to that.
Cleo was such a great book, and I read it because of your review. Thanks for writing the review. 🙂
Fui, Suey and Lishy says
Our mum was given that book for Christmas last year. She enjoyed it. Cleo was a wonderful ladycat.
Kittens always make EVERYTHING better says the Human.
Cleo sounds like a special kitty!
Fraidy Cats says
Thanks for the review, Sparkle. Sounds like a good book to add to our reading list.
Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie
Sounds like a good book to us. Thanks for the great review.
Amy & The House of Cats says
Thanks for the great review Sparkle! That sounds like a very good book!
Fuzzy and Zoe says
That sounds like a great book – thank you for the excellent report!
That book sounds really good and we bet our mommy would cry through the whole thing. She got leaky reading your review because she’s such a sensitive sap when it comes to animals. We think she’s a wuss.
Katnip Lounge says
Another one for the list! Thanks, Sparkle!
A book about a black cat? Sounds like a “must read” for my mom.
caren gittleman says
thank you for the great review…I might have to check this one out!
It sounds like a wonderful review!
Toby & Leia says
It sounds like a very good book. Our Mom relies on us to be healers for her too.
Sounds like a book even a goat would like. Thank you Sparkle
Great review Sparkle! Mommy wants to read this book now! Maybe she will read it out loud to me too
Harry Spotter says
That sounds like a great book, thannks for the great review.
Hannah and Lucy says
That book sounds just right for our mum to read – we will remind her of the the title just before she goes shopping.
Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food says
Thanks for the review, Sparkle — looks like a very sweet book 🙂
The Island Cats says
We think our mom would like that book! Thanks for the review, Sparkle!
Great review Sparkle. That sounds like a good book for our Mom to read. We will put it on her list of things to read. Thanks for telling us about the book. Have a super day today.
Milo and Alfie says
Mom said she has seen that book advertised, and would now like to read it. Fanks for yoor review.
Karen and Gerard says
Gerard liked this book too! Here’s a link to his review if you are interested: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2010/09/cleo-by-helen-brown.html It’s going to be a movie!
Max the Quilt Cat says
What a touching story. Thanks for the review and letting us know about the book. Sounds like a good one.
Have a great day.
Mr Puddy says
Sparkle, Cleo sound like a really good book. Thank you for great review. : )