A Life That Almost Wasn't

Children - Animals
22 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2019
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Sapphire: A Life That Almost Wasn't by Lorrie Blitch tells us the story of two tiny newborn kittens, tossed in a taped-up cardboard box in a dumpster on a freezing night. Found by the Magellan Academy janitor, both kittens are given a home by the school nurse. Named Stewart and Sapphire, the kittens soon grow and Stewart finds a new home. But no-one seems to want Sapphire so she stays where she is, providing happiness, laughter, and joy to her human parents, despite the secret that they would soon discover.

Sapphire: A Life That Almost Wasn’t by Lorrie Blitch is a sweet story of two rescued kittens that teaches children a few things. It’s a really well-written story with some great illustrations that bring the story to life on the pages. The language is simple to understand and it’s an easy read for kids and for their parents to read to them. It’s a story that touches deeply on so many levels with lots of different lessons to learn. The secret that Sapphire hides is something that she learns to live with quite happily. I think the message here is that it doesn’t matter what people see as a disability; it only becomes one if you let it. It also teaches children compassion and kindness and that cruelty to animals is wrong. Kids will love this story. I did too as it struck a chord with me, having rescued and brought up a tiny newborn kitten of my own.

Rey Castillo

What a blessing to have people like this author in the world. I did a search on the author on the internet and am impressed with her accomplishments. This author must have a kind gentle soul with a tremendous love for animals. This book was so well written. It really teaches children a value of animals and life in general. I love all animals too and they are the sweetest souls. The author has a great interview that is on You Tube:

This book is great!

Kaitlynn Jesters

Bought this book for my son who is an animal lover. He sleeps with this book. Beautiful true story about the value of life. Can't think of another book that comes close to this book and how we need to care, love and nurture all animals.

Shannon Englebrecht

Just a beautiful story with a principle that all life has value. Can't believe that someone would throw 2 little kittens away like their lives didn't matter. Love this book. My children love this book too.

Daniel Conover

My wife bought this book from Barnes and Noble. What a nice book about animals. We have 6 animals in our family and they are just like family. Animals teach children kindness and care of amother. Glad she found hones for them.

V. Madsen

What a sweet story about these two kittens that were intentionally abandoned during a cold night. Seems like they wouldn't have made it through the night if they were not found and quickly intervened by these kind humans. I had my daughter's teacher read this book to her class and the teacher purchased this book for the class.

Animals/pets are the kindest gentlest souls and they thrive on human love and kindness. God placed animals for all humans to care and respect and not throw away and treat disrespectfully. Cruelty and neglect is the worst thing that could happen to animal. The ending is great!



Brimfield Elementary School Teacher

I'm a 2nd grade teacher and would like to vote that this children's book is a little gem. I read this book to my 2nd grade students and it made an impact. I could see it in their eyes as I read each page and showed them the pictures. Shared this with the parents of my students and they appreciated that I am teaching children to love all animals. I nice story that is factual. I looked the author up online for other books, but it seems that this is her only book. Hope she writes more books like this.

Review from a veterinarian

My husband and I are both vets and we like this little children's book. I heard the interview on the radio of this author when driving home and ordered it from Thrift Books since it was sold out on Amazon for days. In my practice in Oxnard, CA, we see animals that are neglected and abused at times and it is never easy to see the look on their faces. The human intervention to help and nurture these animals back to become trusting again takes time, but not impossible. I hope people read this book and think about what abuse and neglect does to these animals.


Excellent read for all ages.

Book Review-Reviewed by Peyton Wallace

I review books for inclusion into the library of our elementary school. This story is about a kitten that was rescued by human parents from a dumpster and taken care of by her human parents being the owner of the school and a school nurse. This kitten endured a lot of ups and downs only to find out she was blind. She doesn't let this slow her down. She is resilient and seems to go about her daily life very content. Animals teach humans a lot and to abuse, neglect, or to toss away a life seems unimaginable to me. This story not only touches the heart of children, but people of all ages.



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Lots of morals to the story:

1) Care of those that are vulnerable
2) Valuing all life
3) Commitment
4) Disabilities are only limitations if we let them
5) We STILL have kind caring souls in this world like this author
6) Nurture and caring have a profound positive impact
7) As long as we have great people in this world like this author, I still have hope

Thank you for writing this book. It reinstalls faith in the human race.


Sapphire: A Life That Almost Wasn't is my 3rd review on Readers' Favorite. A delightful book with nice pictures. These kittens lives were destined for a poor outcome until they were rescued from a large trash receptacle.

This book will elicit lots of emotions for I believe any reader. Language is easy to read and book flows well from page to page. Teaches us that a disability is not a limitation, but how it must be overcomed. I give this book 5 stars because it teaches us so much about life.


This book is so sweet. It is a little gem and won't disappoint. Took too long to get on Amazon, but I got it from Thrift Books. A definite read.

Sapphire: A LifeThat .... Book Review

Reader's Favorite Book Review by Vera Sandusky

Story of two tiny kittens found by a janitor in the nick of time before they succumbed to the cold. Raised and cared for by a human. One kitten was adopted and the other kitten was blind and a home could not be found for her. No one seemed to want the kitten except for the principal of the school.

In the end, Sapphire lives a happy fun-filled life with another cat in the house who seems to be slightly jealous and annoyed that another cat has invaded his home. He grows to care for her and she becomes his best little friend. Delightful book that will make anyone smile!


I heard this author on a interview on IHEART radio and decided to get the book just to see what was the content of the story and if it followed what was in the interview. I was very impressed with this children's book. It is well-written and seems to go from page to page and makes sense. Being an animal lover myself, of course I like all books animals, but one that saves a life of 2 kittens. Now that is special!! Recommend this book highly.

Beautiful Story

What a beautiful story with a happy ending. Gives me hope in human kind if there are people like this janitor, school nurse and owner of this school in the world. Wish more animals could have a happy life like this cat, but sadly not all do.

Reviewed by Jane Godby

Reviewed by Jane Godby for Readers' Favorite

My first book review for Readers' Favorite. Sapphire: A Life That Almost Wasn't. The author, Lorrie Blitch, has written a lovely story that is sure to appeal to cat lovers everywhere, and is ideal for the early-age children. The reader is carried along into Sapphire's world, feeling her anxieties and delights, and empathizing with her as she struggles to adjust to her limitation. Sapphire is a believable and likeable character who appeals to the reader. A steady pace and a lovely and consistent story that will transport the cat devotee to a world surely every young cat enthusiast will crave.

I love, love, love this book

I heart this children's book. I like cats and my boyfriend likes dogs. Truth be told, we love all of our animals. I hope that everyone reads this book and understands the importance of animals and the impact they make on our lives. My father had a lengthy illness that eventually took his life, but his dog, a mixed breed, provided him great comfort in his last days. Even when my father was in pain, his dog seem to take that all away.

I now have my father's dog and I value him and the comfort he was to my father. Thank you for this book!

Morris The Cat

Excellent book and well-written. Heard the author's interview and it was straight from the heart. This author is a remarkable person that has a big heart to take on a cat that was blind. I recommend this book to anyone. It teaches the value of life.