A review of Toby's Tails - Toby Visits Chats du Quercy
Normally I don’t review books. I find that books are like wine; some like red, while others like white, and we must each make up our own minds. I’m a fan of the bubbly kind myself, but that’s beside the point.
In this week’s author spotlight I’ve decided to review a children’s book, Toby’s Tails – Toby Visits Chats du Quercy, by Susan Keefe. As well as being an amazing book for children, there is another very, VERY, special reason I’m making an exception to the rule. Toby’s Tails novels are part of a series that donates a percentage of its profits to animal shelters. This particular book will be parting with a whopping 50% of its profits to Chats du Quercy. A lover of all things furry and (mostly) four legged, how could I not? (If you read the book, you'll understand that pun).
Chats du Quercy opened in 2010, and is unique in France in that it is the only Adoption Centre solely dedicated to helping abandoned cats. Run by feline behaviourist Lynn Stone, and her husband Ron, over the years it has helped, and saved literally thousands of cats and kittens, an average of 350 per year. For just one rescue shelter, that’s A LOT.
So, without further ado, Toby’s Tails – Toby Visits Chats du Quercy.
Toby leaves Fantasy Farms with his human mommy and daddy. He’s off on another grand adventure and his excitement is palpable. Saying goodbye to the cats, Rammy and Cleo, Toby has no idea that he is about to meet many more feline friends.
Arriving at Chats du Quercy, Toby meets Oggie first, a golden brown dog. Oggie introduces him to Billy, a cat whose owners didn’t have the money to look after him. Billy tells Toby how the Chats du Quercy saved his life by adopting him and paying for his medical bills. But Billy wasn’t the only rescue. He tells Toby about the many other cats and kittens that were rescued by Lynn and Ron Stone. Toby was saddened to hear the stories, but very glad that Chats du Quercy exists.
Susan Keefe’s wonderful style of writing is both whimsical and charming. I immediately fell in love with Toby and her whole family. Not only does she spin a wonderful tale for younger children, but also educates them on important matters, like how to care for your furry friends. She explains, very gingerly, what happened to each cat/kitten and the stories are heart-breaking but wonderful all the same. Included in her book are photos of the most adorable cats and kitten that make you want to just pick them up and cuddle them.
Toby’s tails is a book I would recommend for both children, adults, and fellow furry friends who just want to support animal welfare in general.