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Publisher's Summary

The Caldecott Honor-winning true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats.

Aleppo's city center no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pot pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighborhood is empty - except for the many cats left behind.

Alaa loves Aleppo, but when war comes his neighbors flee to safety, leaving their many pets behind. Alaa decides to stay - he can make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded to safety. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. The next day more cats come, and then even more! There are too many for Alaa to take care of on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep all of his new friends safe.

©2020 Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latham (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“Based on a true story, this...book is distinctive for its engaging narrative.... A beautifully told...story that offers a unique perspective on both war and humanity.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“The story of the Cat Man of Aleppo is remarkable.... A safe, sobering, and hopeful introduction to the crisis in Syria.” (Booklist, starred review)

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