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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
Mango (the Long-Haired Ginger Cat) Gets a Foster Sister: Celebrating the Healing Power of Unconditional Love is a story about anthropomorphic cats. Kathy Barnett Blomquist, who calls herself “Grandma Krazy,” dedicated her book to foster children and their families. The feline protagonist, Mango, gets a foster sister named Molly, who upsets Mango’s life. Molly’s actions include being unkind to Mango, insulting her, and getting her into trouble. But in return Mango treats Molly with kindness and love and Molly begins to change as she experiences the love of the family and acceptance by Mango. The story ends with two cats knowing that they will always be sisters. Every alternate page of the book is illustrated by Lauren Garcia.
I enjoyed reading Mango (the Long-Haired Ginger Cat) Gets a Foster Sister. The story teaches young children about love and acceptance using humanlike cats. The book also teaches the inevitable fact that people, as personified by the cats, will disagree and commit inappropriate acts. Yet it goes on to show that even when people treat us badly we can show compassion in return, and that’s a good lesson for children. Kathy Barnett Blomquist doesn’t say what age group her target audience is, but the book appears to be aimed at those who are just learning to read or have not yet learned to and would have the book read to them. The illustrations by Lauren Garcia are beautiful and fit the text perfectly. I recommend this book to young children, their parents, and their grandparents.