BOOK REVIEW: CHIMNEY & CO.
Who is Chimney? He is a family cat and he is telling his story in poetic form in the book “Chimney & Co”.
Chimney starts the poems at a time when he was very young and they continue up through his mature years.
The titles of some of my favorites are:
My Arrival – Chimney tells how some people came to the kennel to choose a dog for their pet and the little girl picked “Susie” an Irish Setter. The litter of kittens was spotted under a chair and Chimney was the one chosen to go along with Susie.
The Naming of Me – Chimney tells how he got his name.
Time Wasting – Chimney tells why he hates to see people working.
Susie - Mother – When Susie had eleven puppies in all and how proud she was at that time.
My Favourite Person – Chimney explains what a joy it is for families to have a Granddad.
My First Christmas – This one is my very favorite of all. Chimney tells about his first time seeing a Christmas tree. If anyone has a cat, this poem will mean so much to you and I’m sure it will give you many laughs.
I could go on and on because I own a cat and many of these poems bring back some fond memories.
Pamela Douglas has done an excellent job with these poems. Any reader, young or old, will come away with the feeling that the cat is “really” the one telling the story in these poems. The author uses her writing skills and creative imagination to make the reader feel this way.
If you are a cat lover, this is a must read book of poems. If you don’t own a cat, you might want to get one after reading this book.
Parents will enjoy reading these poems to their younger children. What a combination – cat adventures made into poetic stories!
What I really liked about the author’s writing style is that she makes the reader aware that cats are keenly aware of everything going on around them. If you have ever had a cat, you are well aware of this trait.
There are also several poems that teach lessons with messages such as Sadie’s Sore Paw. Sadie stepped on a piece of glass due to someone “littering” the countryside. Another example of a message is All Pals Together where we learn it is important to “share and appreciate friends.”
Be sure to pick up a copy of Chimney & Co. You will find the poems funny, a learning experience and very entertaining.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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