Maya and the Lost Cat

Written and Illustrated by Caroline Magerl

In a delightful and somewhat melancholy story, Maya searches for the home of a cat that randomly shows up at her door. When Cat shows up, it’s raining buckets. Maya finds that Cat is not impressed by her feather boa or pom-pom on a stick. But Cat is very happy with a tin of fish. So, concerned about his welfare, Maya sets out to find Cat’s true home. The first house is filled with rabbits. The second house with dogs. Not good fits. The next house is overflowing with cats. Probably not. Finally, Maya and Cat locate a boat, where they know Cat. Maya is sad to see Cat go, but she comes home with Cat’s kitten. Everyone is happy.

There is a lot to learn in this sweet story about home and a place to belong. It would be great as a bedtime story.

The beautiful watercolor illustrations with an Impressionistic influence add tremendously, with cute little touches like a lost cat poster and animals watching them out of windows. The end papers are filled with cats.

  • Maya 2Title: Maya and the Lost Cat
  • Author/Illustrator: Caroline Magerl
  • Published: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 2
  • Genre: Home
  • ISBN: 978-1-5362-0423-0

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