Published by Christy Ottaviano
Summary: Cat lives alone in a box in a vacant lot, only leaving home to scavenge for food. If another cat tries to enter the lot, Cat hisses and shows his claws. One day, he finds an egg, which, much to his surprise, hatches into a pigeon. For the first time, Cat cares about another animal, feeding her and letting her sleep with him in his box. Pigeon grows up and starts flying around the city. Cat worries about her leaving the safety of the lot, but when Pigeon brings back bits of chalk, Cat passes the time by creating art on the walls around him. One day, though, Pigeon doesn’t come back. Cat is so heartbroken that he decides to venture out into the city to find her. He’s so anxious to track down his friend that he starts to reach out to other animals for help. He draws pictures around the city, hoping Pigeon will recognize them and find him. One day, a flock of birds unexpectedly leads him back to his own lot where Pigeon is waiting for him. Pigeon has opened up the lot to other strays, and it becomes a beautiful place that is welcoming to everyone. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A heartwarming story about the transformative powers of love, friendship, art, and community.
Cons: Too bad humans aren’t better at learning some of those lessons.