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I’ve often thought that the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true for a well-illustrated childrens’ book. Some artists just seem to have a way of capturing deep emotions, and Holly Hobbie does it masterfully in A Cat Named Swan.

Aimed at ages 3 to 7, this book chronicles the story of a rescue kitten’s adoption and the transformative joy he brings to his family.


Hobbie’s beautiful watercolors capture the kitten’s hard life as a stray as well as the bliss he finds once he has found his forever home.


This is a wonderful book to teach young children about pet adoption and the power of unconditional love.

A Cat Names Swan is available from Amazon and everywhere books are sold.

Illustrations by Holly Hobbie from A CAT NAMED SWAN by Random House Books for Young Readers, used with permission

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7 Comments on Review: A Cat Named Swan

  1. I love your book reviews! I just recommended this one to my co-worker who is a K-2 public school librarian. 🙂

  2. The look on Swan’s face that the artist has captured is just adorable. I look forward to reading this cute book.

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