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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Squigmont Ross McNeil and the Purple Cat by Linie Sherrod is a beautiful story book that has a good message for kids. Squigmont Ross McNeil has no friends to play with because they find him to be very different from them. Though Squigmont is sad, he finds things that can be done alone, like jumping rope and reading. One day while sitting under a tree and reading, Squigmont meets Purple Cat. They become friends and Squigmont dreams of being able to play all the games he had thought of with Purple Cat. The book comes with a strong message and concept of tolerance and acceptance put forth in a very subtle and simple manner that can be comprehended by young readers.
I liked the book immensely, mainly because of the message it teaches kids. It makes them accept the differences, not only in themselves, but also in others. The illustrations are well executed to give the concept clarity and feeling and add movement to the story. It will make a good bedtime story book and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. There is a lot for children to learn from the story.
Books with concepts, ideas and educational themes are good for children to read because they learn new things through the story. I recommend this book because it celebrates the theme of being different and accepting themselves and others for what they have and what they are, and teaches them to be more tolerant.