By: Rick Felty
Publisher: Dreamschooner Press
Publication Date: July 2015
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: December 2015
Tabitha Fink is one awesome, amazing, wonderful cat! Why? Because while she’s cute and adorable like other cats, Tabitha Fink also has just one eye – and she thinks that’s just perfect for her.
The star of this book begins her story by telling us that “I am Tabitha Fink/quite simply a cat” and then she proceeds to tell us what she is not. She is NOT a car, a star, a truck or several other things. Nope, she is “…Tabitha Fink, a cat with one eye.”
Tabitha Fink may only have one eye, but that certainly doesn’t slow her down. She might climb up the table to try and get the scrumptious blueberry pie that’s just sitting there or have a blast playing with a ball of yarn. Nope, having one eye is not a problem for Tabitha Fink because “...it makes me special with each single blink.”
Told in the first person by Tabitha Fink, the story is written in a simple rhyme style that flows perfectly:
I am Tabitha Fink, somewhat hard to ignore
with only one eye where some others have more.
I’ve still got one tail and four paws on the floor.
I’m still Tabitha Fink as I’ve mentioned before.
The message of accepting who you are and embracing your differences, no matter what they are, comes across loud and clear without being preachy in Tabitha Fink. The illustrations are simple, bright and cheerful and when combined with the brief text, come together to make the perfect book for the preschooler (ages 2 to 5). I’ve no doubt that both parent and child will be smiling ear-to-ear after reading Tabitha Fink.
Quill says: A not-to-be missed story for the preschooler in your life – uplifting, enjoyable, and just plain fun. I loved every word!
For more information on Tabitha Fink: The Cat With One Eye, please visit the book's website at: www.tabithafink.com