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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
The Tiny Kitten by Paige Bailey is a children's picture book inspired by actual events. Here we meet an adventurous kitten called Puma. You can also call him a tuxedo kitten because his coat resembles a tiny tuxedo suit. One sunny day, Puma is chasing a butterfly. But he ends up wandering away from Mama Cat and gets lost. Now Puma is all alone in a big dangerous world! So he starts searching for someone. He doesn't know who they are but knows they will have great adventures together. After a long search, Puma is tired and rests on a big porch. And that's when who he is searching for comes along. Her voice is sweet and welcoming, and she smells like home. Puma knows they belong together. But the family dog comes barking loudly, and Puma has to run to a nearby shed to hide. How will Puma return to the porch without facing another encounter with the scary dog?
Paige Bailey incorporates several themes in this short book, including friendship, love, hope, conquering new challenges, and rising above inner fears. How Puma handles the misadventures that come his way sends a message about the importance of seeking help when things get out of hand. The originality of this delightful story is what I liked best. The entire narrative is about how Bailey meets her cat, Puma. Most of the moments have been described in a melodious way. The text is lyrical and full of rhymes that will capture young readers' minds. Her choice of simple word construction is equally commendable. Children may even role-play different pages and thus boost their concentration. This effective writing style will guarantee their enjoyment and enhance their retention. I recommend The Tiny Kitten to kids aged six to nine years. As much as we enjoy Puma's adventures, the story's moral will instill in children the value of caring for pets and other domestic animals.