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Cleo by Helen Brown
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Sep 27, 2010

really liked it
Read from September 27 to October 27, 2010

In the genre of "Marley & Me," this book recounts the deep and lasting effects a small black cat has on a family. Cleo lives a very long lifespan, and seems to appear as a kitten at just the right time for the family members to slowly be brought out of their doldrums after a major crisis.

Over the years of Cleo's life, the mother and author of the book, father, several children and meaningful neighbors experience Life, with the cat's antics and sensitivities intertwined with theirs. New Zealand is the opening location for the family, but over time several more are tried.

The author has an excellent sense of humor, which is evident in her writing. She also has a sense of adventure and what appears to be a healthy overview of hard times that must be balanced with the good. She and the rest of the family have learned much from Cleo, who embodies the mythical and spiritual reputation of history's Egyptian black cats.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves cats, but must warn the reader that there may be a few tears shed while reading the story.

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