In Desert Bliss by Rachel Bate, a calico kitten decides to embark on a dangerous adventure. Under the moon and the stars, he sees a coyote howling in the distance. Calico thinks there must be something better than the monotony of life as he knows it. Besides, it’s been a while since his mother left them. So enticed by the thought of doing something new, Calico seizes the moment. Out into the night, he begins to think about the impulsiveness of his decision. He hasn't thought about where to get food and water. When he meets the coyote who introduces himself as Bliss, Calico is frightened, believing the coyote will devour him, but Bliss becomes a guide leading him to a destination he least expected.
Rachel Bate's book is a beautifully illustrated story for Children, a tale of adventure and courage. It follows a young kitten, Calico as he finally makes the decision to go on an adventure, a quest for that home he has always dreamed about. The friends he finds on the way are most unlikely and help comes from the least expected person. This is a story that brilliantly introduces young readers to the concept of stepping beyond their comfort zones and the beauty of exploration. The beautiful setting and the author's ability to evoke compelling imagery are elements that enrich this compelling tale. Desert Bliss offers a keen examination of adventure, risk-taking, and friendship. It is a tale about the rewards of daring to do something utterly different. Rachel Bate creates characters that children will love in this fable.