Mango The Long Haired Ginger Cat

Join Mango in this cat fairy tale as she learns to be happy with who she is and what she has. Especially her family.

Children - Animals
72 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2020
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Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

Finding out who you’re NOT is at the heart of this delightful children’s book, Mango the Long Haired Ginger Cat, written by Grandma Krazy and illustrated by Lauren Garcia. Mango didn’t like being a long-haired ginger cat because her long hair was hard to care for. She was tired of the rules and the chores she was made to do and she longed to be different – a LOT different, as it turns out! Mango’s seemingly dissatisfied life takes a drastic turn the day she finds a beautiful sparkling rock that turns into some wonderful colors. The rock comes with an added surprise that has the power to change Mango’s life...

Most children, even adults, often fantasize about being something that they’re not. Mango has the opportunity of a lifetime to actually change who she is but receives a rude awakening when her family becomes frightened of her and ends up rejecting her. Like most children’s books, the author teaches children valuable life lessons like not trying to be something you’re not and being satisfied with being the best you can. Grandma Krazy also underscores the importance of family and the loving embrace and acceptance family provides.

Garcia’s illustrations are simple, sweet, and filled with emotional authenticity. Each image of Mango and her family leaps off the pages as if inviting the reader to rub a belly or scratch under a chin. Garcia manages to nail the mannerisms of cats, from the way they flatten their ears to the way in which they delicately wash themselves or huddle in a group. Mango the Long Haired Ginger Cat is also a great introduction to cats and their mannerisms for children who may be a little unsure or nervous around animals. Mango the Long Haired Ginger Cat is a great book that teaches some important life lessons and is sure to be a treat for young children.

Foluso Falaye

Mango is not happy or content with being a long-haired ginger cat. She prefers to be free as the birds that fly so high in the sky instead of doing all her boring chores. Eventually, she stumbles on a special rock with four radiant colors belonging to a cat fairy who will grant her four wishes. Mango does not hesitate to wish for all the things she imagines would finally make her happy. As she gets all her wishes granted, Mango learns some important lessons about loving and accepting herself for who she is. Join Mango in an exciting adventure that will teach her about finding true happiness in Mango The Long Haired Ginger Cat, a fascinating and magical children's tale by Grandma Krazy.

Grandma Krazy's book is perfect for children as it contains wonderful illustrations of animals by Lauren Garcia and a simple, easy to understand story that evokes emotions and imparts valuable knowledge. The feelings and thoughts of the protagonist reflect how children think in a family setting; I know I used to get tired of doing chores and thought material things would make me happy as a child. Thankfully, I've learned to find joy in being alive and active as overthinking and "over wishing" can be depressing. Mango The Long Haired Ginger Cat spreads messages to children that will help them avoid crippling expectations and disappointments in life and encourages them to be more appreciative of the blessings they already have, especially the ones they are given without having to wish for them.

Marie-Hélène Fasquel

Mango The Long Haired Ginger Cat by Grandma Krazy is a lovely children’s book. It is the story of Mango the Cat who is unhappy, despite having a loving family and a nice home. She hates her long ginger hair, daily chores, and the stupid rules of everyday life. One day, she comes across a rock that starts sparkling and changes colors when she rubs the dust off it. A small cat fairy appears, determined to grant Mango four wishes, one for each color seen in the rock. Mango asks for different changes in herself (starting with the wings she always envied the birds) but the result is not at all what she expected.

Mango The Long Haired Ginger Cat by Grandma Krazy tells us about a young cat dissatisfied with her life. One day she went out and then... Through some familiar patterns found in fairy tales, this charming little book delivers an optimistic message to young readers. Like any child, what does Mango need? To be loved, recognized, and accepted. But first, she will have to love, recognize, and accept herself. Find out who she is. She also needs to be guided and helped. The messages delivered are essential: just be yourself, trust yourself, improve yourself, don't forget to count your blessings, and everything will be all right. That is exactly what is whispered in young children's ears, in simple sentences (sounding like nursery rhymes) with beautiful, colorful drawings. No doubt the lesson will be remembered by future teenagers or even adults. Read this delightful story to find out what happens to Mango in the end!