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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
That's Not My Cat by Anne-Marie Tucker, Candace J Semien, and Nai Saechao is a thought-provoking children's picture book about the people we love who suffer the effects of an injury, illness, or disability. Life is not fair, and sometimes a tragedy may suddenly change the life of someone we love forever. This book was written from the author's personal experience. It follows Chase as he tries to prove to his grandfather, Pop Pop, that the cute kitty he holds in his arms belongs to him. But his grandfather doesn't remember that Blaze is his pet because of his dementia. However, Chase's mother assures him that even though his grandfather has dementia that makes him forget things, at times he still remembers. Chase is determined to help Pop Pop remember.
I have so much love for this book that it melted my heart. Chase's love for his grandfather is inspiring. That's Not My Cat by Anne-Marie Tucker highlights the value of embracing change. It teaches children how to treat someone they love who changed because of tragedy. Tucker gently explains to children what dementia means. This lovely book engages young children with colorful and adorable illustrations and an inspiring message that emphasizes family relationships and bonds. It will charm children and cat lovers with its heartwarming take on cherishing family time and making as many new memories as possible. Every grandchild can gift this book to their grandfathers to let them know that they are loved and appreciated. This is an excellent story of love and strength.