Not every cat has the calling. It’s a high honor and a unique privilege that Chief is a Protector. It’s his job to safeguard humans from rats and other undesirables. Word of Chief’s prowess is known far and wide. So, when his owner, Sam, gets a promotion and the two move to a fancy high rise, the upscale neighborhood is abuzz with the news. Chief hits it off with a lovely cat in the penthouse and before long they are blessed with a litter of little Chiefs. Only able to keep one kitten, they agree to raise the littlest one, a girl which they name Mouse. Chief is determined to train Mouse to one day follow in his footsteps. Being the runt of the litter poses its own share of problems for Mouse. But what she lacks in size, she more than makes up for in spunk.
The Calling of the Protectors, the Legend of Chief, by Louis Paul DeGrado, is an excellent book that will hold great appeal with youth audiences. With a message of hope and courage against all odds, young readers are sure to love this book. Wrapped up tidily with a feel-good ending and the assurance that with hard work and determination, even the under-dog (or in this case the under-cat) can rise above the most daunting of situations, DeGrado hits a home-run with this empowering read. Recommended for home and school libraries, The Calling of the Protectors, the Legend of Chief earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
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