“Fairminded Fran and the Three Small Black Community
Cats” is a fantastic book and covers so much wonderful information in
such a readable format. I would definitely recommend it to any humane
educator or others interested in starting, continuing or educating
others about our nation/worldwide problem of feral/community cats.
“Fairminded Fran” covers all the basics and then some of
TNR and the continuing care of the cats.
Friends of Keokuk Animal Services
Fairminded Fran and the Three Small Black Community Cats is a very sweet book, with engaging illustrations, and jam-packed with interesting and important information about a topic not covered in other literature for this age group. Fran is a terrific character, brimming with curiosity and compassion, and confident enough in her beliefs to rally children and adults to join her cause. In a world where children's literature often paints adults as uncaring or just-plain silly, the adults represented in this book exhibit the best behaviors society can offer in truly listening to Fran, applauding her compassion, protecting her from harm, and demonstrating a cooperative and analytic approach to problem-solving. With feral cats as the recipients of kindness, a critically important lesson is presented at the end of this story. Feral cats may never show affection in return for human kindness, so knowledge that you have done something good can and must be its own reward.
Some of the dialogue seems a little unnatural for the main character and overall there are a few too many words per page for the target age group, but, given the goals of teaching about teamwork, compassion, and critical thinking even these potential shortcomings are outweighed by the strengths of the book.
The kittens, by the way, are absolutely adorable. Reach And Teach gives this one three paws up.