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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World By Vicki Myron Bret Witter,

  • Title: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  • Author: Vicki Myron Bret Witter
  • ISBN: 9780446541190
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How much of an impact can an animal have How many lives can one cat touch How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world You can t even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Read Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.DeHow much of an impact can an animal have How many lives can one cat touch How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world You can t even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Read Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.Dewey s story starts in the worst possible way Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, for a cat and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became than just a friend he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.
    Dewey The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World How much of an impact can an animal have How many lives can one cat touch How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library save a classic American town and eventually become f

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    1. Wow, am I in the minority with this one I like cats, I like libraries, and I ve even known a library cat or two I didn t expect to rave about this book quite as much as many others have done, but I also didn t expect to think so very little of it A few cute anecdotes notwithstanding, there is just nothing special about this book Any pet owner could write as much and many would do it markedly better The tone of the author was grating to me, and her experiences were not nearly as interesting as sh [...]

    2. I didn t expect this book to be quality literature and of course it wasn t It was a feel good book, only I ve noticed that most feel good books actually make me feel nauseous instead of good Especially those that idealize small town America.I thought I was going to scream if I had to read another paragraph about how amazing the town of Spencer, Iowa is To give you a taste That s another of Spencer s unique and valuable assets its people We are good, solid, hardworking midwesterners We are proud [...]

    3. I thought I was reading a book about a cat, but I wound up reading a book about a woman with a lot of troubles in her life For every chapter that was actually about Dewey, there seemed to be 2 or 3 that were just about her I m very sorry for the losses in this woman s life, and the things she went through, but that s not what I set out to read I expected a good, light hearted story about a cat, but every time I reached a point where my spirits were lifted, Ms Myron brought it all crashing down w [...]

    4. Vicky Myron s Dewey is a book about many things life in small town Iowa, Vicky s own life history, the important role a library can play in the life and identity of a community and, of course, Dewey Read Books, one of the best known and well loved cats in the world.Despite the variety of topics Myron writes about, her book holds together so well through her decision to write honestly about everything Some of her personal and family history was obviously difficult to write about, but its her will [...]

    5. A little disappointing I was expecting a book about Dewey but he hardly featured at all I enjoyed the sections about the other cats but again they were out weighed by long anecdotes about their owners which did not really interest me The best bits are the photos especially the one of Dewey on the cover He was a real beauty.

    6. There is a common idiomatic phrase, it does exactly what it says on the tin Well in the case of Dewey The small town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, it doesn t The book is a bit of a hotch potch It starts out as a very promising and touching animal story The librarian of a small town library in Spencer, Iowa, discovers a tiny, frozen, furry bundle in the drop box of her library Incredibly, the bundle proves to be a kitten who is still alive, though barely Which [...]

    7. A great library doesn t have to be big or beautiful It doesn t have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users A great library provides It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need A non fiction book about an adorable cat and a small town s history The cat helps change that history and give the town s heart a bit beat Until they acted [...]

    8. Firstly, thank you all for enjoying putting up with my cat story updates As pet lovers know, we all need to talk about our pets to random strangers from time to time, so that was rather therapeutic Dewey s story is an incredible one And, as shown by the 20 year difference from the beginning to the end of the book, it s highly unlikely the library would have adopted a cat in this day and age As Vicki notes, there were complaints after Dewey showed up and it was decided that he would stay, but the [...]

    9. If you ever had a cat growing up then you have to read this book Much like pets, embarking on this comparatively short 275 page journey, you re signing up for the little guy to warm you over, make you smile, and eventually break your heart after a 19 year run With pets, we know what we re getting into and but we just have to do it anyway To outsiders our pets may be labeled just a stupid cat or just a dumb mutt However, if you ve grown up with one before you ve felt that connection You ve shared [...]

    10. Ignore the to read following never got to the last page Only 210 pages to go the distance and earn the right to give one star to DEWEY but I left the ring Another ten pages and I might have been down for the count in Spencer, Iowa Sorry kitty lovers By the way, I m one of you Sorry Simple Simon lovers And sorry small town, out in the middle of nowhere, lovers This book may be for you, but it s not for me When I hated grading freshman compositions, but before they started giving me chest pains d [...]

    11. While this is not a great literary book, I give it high rating because it touched my heart and is such a strong reminder of how much animals add to our lives If you have ever saved or rescued an animal, you know how grateful they are and how much love they give back They bring us though hard and sad times in such a special way This little guy touch the hearts and lives of an entire town and, through this book, continues to touch hearts.

    12. BLURB How much of an impact can an animal have How many lives can one cat touch How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world You can t even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Read Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, IowaMENTSJawelnofine, I am one of those weirdos who just cannot resist the idea of Dewey the library cat My whole life was dedicated [...]

    13. Purely a feel good story which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you like to read I can t help but feel the author was prone to over romanticize Dewey and attribute absolute intent all of the time to all of his actions Don t get me wrong I am a cat owner lover myself But, as a resident realist, the fact that Dewey lived so long, generated so much publicity, and obviously soothed a lonely woman who seemed to have a host of physical and possibly emotional issues may have create [...]

    14. As I walked out of Penn Station this morning, the proverbial country mouse blinking in the early morning city sunshine, the homesick hole in my heart was filled with a glorious and familiar sight Borders Bookstore Oh thank god, finally somewhere I can navigate with familiar ease And familiarity is an understatement Every table and shelf looked exactly the same as every table and shelf in the bookstore back home Cormac McCarthy alongside Love in the Time of Cholera Jane Green sidling up to Jodi P [...]

    15. This book is certainly a tear jerker, and one that will appeal to anyone who has a heart, but especially to anyone who works at a library The book is one of those wonderful experiences where the story may be about a cat, but there are lessons to be learned throughout that can apply to anyone s life But the main character is, of course, Dewey himself, who springs to life in such endearing ways I never tired of hearing about the behavior and antics of this amazing library cat.My only complaint, an [...]

    16. OMG I AM O.D ing ON RURAL CHARM GET TO THE POINT ALREADY.I am listening to the audiobook, which is narrated by the same woman who narrated five gruesome mystery novels by Julia Spencer Fleming So, even though this book is about a pwecious widdle kitty cat, I keep thinking that any minute there will be a disembowelment.I really don t know if I can finish this thing It seems to be a Reader s Digest article that has metastasized into a bestseller.________________________________________________UPDA [...]

    17. This book is in some serious need of editing The anecdotes about Dewey were cute, but the long winded history of small town Iowa and the author were too much for me I didn t finish this book and I wish I had the two hours back that I gave to it.

    18. This book turned out to be about than a cute cat I also learned a lot about corn, family farms, farming and small towns, as well as about the author She tries to stay out of the book, but that is a difficult task Dewey is an amazing cat and definatley worth reading about.

    19. This book is as much about Spencer, Iowa and the people who live there as it is about Dewey the cat The author a librarian in Spencer tells of the people in the town and how Dewey affected their lives for the better She chronicles his life from when he came to the library as an abandoned kitten to his death at age 19 While heartwarming, this isn t a cutsie story about a kitty cat The town, the librarian, and the cat are all survivors of hard times An enjoyable read.

    20. I m a lark At 5.00am in the morning I can read anything In fact I m up for a challenge But as the day wears on I flag Come 11pm at night my brain is mush, and my bedtime reading has to be easy, soothing and happy Stodge for the eyes It has to go down like my favourite pudding Dewey The small town library cat who touched the world was in this vein It should have appealed to bedtime me I am completely besotted with cats, and with libraries for that matter but it didn t The book was deeply earnest [...]

    21. 2.5 Dewey s adorable the story of his odds beating survival, rescue, and world domination through cat charm is pretty great I love cats I love libraries What went wrong Saccharine and Reader s Digesty, ew.

    22. I love cats I love libraries But God, I loathed this.Not because of Dewey, of course Dewey seems like the sweetest kitten that ever graced earth like most kittens do He lived in a library and made the life of the librarians a bit sweeter and lovelier just by being there He was rescued, and he rescued others in turn He made a difference just by existing As pets often do The parts of this book concerning Dewey s routines and habits were overly cute I adored reading about Dewey s quest for rubber b [...]

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