Opal, Herby, and Squeaky
Opal, Herby, and Squeaky is a welcome literary treat with a powerful, inviting message.
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Opal is an adorable little kitten, but she's homeless, and when a kind-hearted woman offers to adopt her one day, Opal is elated. Her new owner's offer, though, is based on one condition: that Opal catch a little gray mouse running free in her house, to which Opal gladly agrees. Upon arriving at her new home, Opal becomes fast friends with Herby, her owner's lovable wiener dog, who soon lets her know exactly why the rouge mouse, Squeaky, is such a problem: every night after Herby goes to sleep, Squeaky sneaks out of his hole in the wall and steals all of the food out of Herby's bowl. Herby then goes hungry all of the next day because he has no food to eat. After learning of Herby's ongoing plight, Opal commits herself to putting a stop to Squeaky's hijacks once and for all--but she soon finds that her task isn't as easy as it sounds. However, rather than allow herself to grow frustrated, she asks God for His help in figuring out precisely how to catch Squeaky in the act--and ultimately have the little critter for her own dinner. God then gives Opal the answer--but on one condition: that Opal gives Squeaky the chance to repent once he's been caught, and, if he does, so, Opal must allow him to go free. Soon thereafer, Opal finally catches Squeaky, but she stays true to her promise to God and gives him the chance to repent--and little does Squeaky know, his ultimate decision will prove much more consequential than he realizes...