Title: Daisy, Buttercup, and WeedDaisy, Buttercup, and Weed
Author: Ben M. Baglio
Illustrator: Bill Geldart
Pages: 121
Reading Level: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★★

From the author of the Animal Ark Series comes another tale for animal lovers.

The Story.

Bracken was a beautiful tortoiseshell cat. Adopted by the Bradmans, she soon blessed them with nine kittens. Of course, the Bradmans were delighted by this sudden influx of cats, but they were also unable to care for them all. Homes – good homes – must be found for all of them, especially Daisy, Buttercup, and Weed. But will homes be offered? And will the kittens be happy in them?

Discussion.

Although animals and humans are not able to have conversations together, it is made clear that animals (cats particularly) can understand what humans are saying. They have thoughts and direct their emotions based on the words humans speak.

The second kitten, Buttercup, lives in a chaotic home where numerous children rush about treating each other roughly and annoying Buttercup.

In the last story, exaggerated care is taken to find a home for Weed. Although I do believe that animals should not be abused and that steps should be taken to prevent abuse from occurring, the Bradmans act as though it’s a child being adopted rather than a kitten.

Conclusion. Less interesting or collected than the better installations in the Animal Ark Series.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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