Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Review: Toby's Tails - Toby Visits Chats du Quercy by Susan Keefe

Toby's Tails is a series of children's books detailing life at Fantasy Farm in the French countryside through the eyes of Border Collie Toby.

In this very special 8th book in the series Toby and his family go on holiday to the Pyrenees region of France to visit Chats du Quercy rescue center in Miramont-du-Quercy. Chats du Quercy opened in 2010 and is the only adoption center in France solely dedicated to helping abandoned cats. Run by feline behaviorist Lynn Stone and her husband Ron, over the years it has helped and saved thousands of cats and kittens, an average of 350 per year.

Shelter mascot Billy gives Toby a purr-sonal tour of Chats du Quercy and introduces him to some of the cats and kittens who reside there. The various stories of how they ended up at the shelter teach the importance of responsible pet ownership and respect for all living creatures, lessons that kids need to learn as early as possible.

One of the special kitties we meet in Toby's little "tail" also happens to be the rescue's "Cat of the Month" for June, a gorgeous tortie named Mindy. Sadly, Mindy’s owner couldn't keep her as she is seriously ill with cancer and needed to be hospitalized. Mindy is a young, gentle, beautiful girl who is fine with other cats and is yearning to find a new forever home.

More adoptable cats at Chats du Quercy can be found on their Adoption page.

Toby's Tails - Toby Visits Chats du Quercy is currently available on Amazon in both ebook and print. 50% of the profit from every book/eBook sold will go to Chats du Quercy to support their work.

Teaching kids compassion towards animals today gives us hope that the world might be a kinder place for them in the future. This is a book that belongs on every child's bookshelf.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.


The Menagerie Mom said...

I love stories such as this one. It is so important to teach the importance of responsible pet ownership, as well as to bring awareness to animal rescues and shelters. This book sounds like it does incredible at both. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Mudpie and Melissa!

Susan Keefe said...

Thank you so much for your lovely review Melissa, both from me and the Chats du Quercy.

Anonymous said...

This series sounds wonderful, thank goodness for Chats du Quercy and Mindy is beautiful.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

What pretty kitties. We definitely want to read this one.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! How surprising that the entire country of France has only one charity to help homeless cats. Such a shame.

pilch92 said...

Great review. I love books that teach kids compassion at a young age.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful review. And important. Hugs.

Three Chatty Cats said...

Sounds like a great book. Mindy is so pretty!