CAT, YOU BETTER COME HOME

CAT, YOU BETTER COME HOME

Book - 1995
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A cautionary tale by the popular humorist follows the adventures of Puff, a prodigal feline who leaves home for the excitement of Europe, claws her way to the top, and comes tumbling right back down.

Blackwell North Amer
One cold winter's night, the elegant Puff decides to run away from home. Tired of cat food, she wants to eat what people eat.
She goes to Europe where she becomes fabulously rich as a TV cat-food spokes-cat, and soon she is dripping in diamonds and mink, living it up on beaches in Greece and villas in France, and attended by her personal butler and masseuse. It's the high life for Puff, until one day when she and her owl boyfriend meet disaster in Copenhagen. Then it's scratch, scratch, scratch on the windowsill ...
Garrison Keillor's wit and style distinguish this soulful fable adapted from one of his popular "Cat Songs." Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's paintings give the haughty Puff the comic grace and feline pathos she deserves.

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Dissatisfied with her life, Puff the cat leaves home and becomes a rich and glamorous model, but eventually returns having found out that it's better to be who you are
Dissatisfied with her life, Puff the cat leaves home and becomes a rich and glamorous model, but eventually returns having found out that it's better to be who you are.

Publisher: PENGUIN / NEW YORK, C1995
Edition: 1ST ED
ISBN: 9780670851126
0670851124
Characteristics: 38 p. : ill ; 27.5 cm

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bell5133
Jan 21, 2019

The book attempts to teach the lesson to be true to yourself, but at the same time it also teaches to not follow your dreams, to stay where you are in life and not aspire for anything greater. It seems contradictory, because dreams are a part of who we are. If we're following our dreams, we're being true to ourselves. It's only if one pretends to be someone one's not in order to accomplish the dreams that it becomes being untrue to oneself.

The book also teaches that there aren't consequences for disobedience and foolishness; the cat disobeyed its owner, and the owner accepted it back without any scolding whatsoever. It's like telling kids that if they're dissatisfied with their parents not letting them get their way and eat all the junk food they want, the kids should just run away from home trying to find someone better to take care of them. The parents only make idle threats ("dogs in the dark"). Instead of punishing the child for running away, the parent will bribe the kids with rewards/benefits. When the kids come back to their parents, they can expect that their parents will shower them with love and that there won't be any consequences for running away and being ungrateful.

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bell5133 thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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