Animal Rescue Volunteer Publishes Delightful Picture Book about Cats

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Author Karyn Sochacki uses her feline friends to teach young readers valuable lessons.

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Karyn Sochacki, whose love and dedication for pets and animals has led her to tirelessly volunteer for the Summit Animal Rescue Association, publishes a colorful and delightful children’s picture book, titled What’s Wrong With A Black Cat? Sochacki’s work is a wonderful adventure story inspired by some of her fabulous feline friends that teaches young readers not only about love for animals, but also valuable truths about the importance of internal character versus the superficiality of external beauty.

Sochacki’s story begins on a cool sunny afternoon in March, with the birth of an adorable little kitten. Kitten, as she is initially called, was born under a shed, which sat in the corner of the backyard of a big, blue house. Kitten has nothing really special about her except for two things: she understands human language, and her fur is completely black, just like her Momma.

Kitten and Momma are living in the dark, and often go to bed hungry and cold. However, for Kitten, the pain of hearing some people talk about how it was a shame that she was born black, just like her Momma, was worse. Worse still, was the fact that a new cat with majestic white, orange and black fur, which was beautiful and brave, yet mean and rude, came to live in their yard.

Colorful, charming and character-forming, What’s Wrong With A Black Cat? will take young readers on an exciting adventure as Kitten learns valuable lessons about family, friendship and inner beauty. This is Sochacki’s brilliantly creative way of delivering powerful messages that she so passionately stands up for.

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About the Author
Karyn Sochacki has been a volunteer for Summit Animal Rescue Association (S.A.R.A.), a New Jersey-based rescue group, for over 10 years. Her story sprang to life after a hungry, black, female cat appeared at dawn one cold morning, and Sochacki had to find a home for yet another black cat. Sochacki hopes to spotlight the problems facing homeless cats so others might help, too. Sochacki resides in New Jersey with her husband and two sons. She is a musician and substitute teacher. Ada Pettingill, the illustrator, is Sochacki’s aunt. Now retired, Pettingill lives in Upstate N.Y. and enjoys animals, the outdoors, drawing and painting.

What’s Wrong With A Black Cat? * by Karyn Sochacki
Publication Date: August 13, 2012
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4771-4578-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4771-4579-1
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-4580-7

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