Picture Book Review of Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats


Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Birgitta Sif

Age Range: 5 – 8 years

Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3

Lexile Measure: 0450 (What’s this?)

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)

Source: Library

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A tale with many tails, perfect for cat lovers everywhere!

Miss Hazeltine is opening a very special school for shy and fearful cats.  They come from all over, and Miss Hazeltine gives them lessons in everything, from “Bird Basics” to “How Not to Fear the Broom.”

The most timid of all is Crumb. He cowers in a corner. Miss Hazeltine doesn’t mind. But when she gets in trouble and only Crumb knows where she is, will he find his inner courage and lead a daring rescue?

Filled with adorable illustrations and ideal for fans of Disappearing Desmond and The Invisible Boy, Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats is a story that’s perfect for shy and fearful children as it both helps them face scary situations and accepts them just as they are.

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My Thoughts:

This sweet and funny story is about a woman that opens her home to help cats that are afraid of everything. There is one cat that is particularly shy, but when Miss Hazeltine gets lost at night, he rallies the other cats and sets out to rescue her.  It’s such a cute picture book. I love the illustrations!

This is a great book for kids that like animals, deal with shyness, or just like fun stories. It has themes of overcoming fears, leadership, and loyalty.


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    Tressa S
    July 9, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I have a couple of shy kids, so this might be a great book for us. I really like the illustrations too. So glad you shared!

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