American Shorthairs: Pioneers

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
The importance of cats in the past, and in people's lives today, has always generated interest. This book, part of the "Cat-ographies" series, looks at one of the most popular breeds, the American Shorthair. The author knows how to get her audience's attention: she begins in the modern era, with photographs and information about India, the "first cat" which lived in the Bush White House. This section not only describes India's life, but it also provides interesting tidbits about the White House itself. The book then chronicles the history of the cat. It describes their origin, relates how shorthairs came to America with Pilgrims on the Mayflower, and explains how important the cats were to the early settlers because of their skills in killing rodents. The description of the Shorthair is complete and detailed: the book not only provides the vital statistics, it also points out the different conformation characteristics of males and females, and the various coat patterns and eye colors. Information about the behaviors of kittens as well as the adults is also valuable. The photographs are excellent and complement the text well. The end of the book includes a page-length summary of the basic information, a glossary, an index, a bibliography, a list of books for further reading, and a list of on-line references. Well organized and well written, this book has obviously benefited from having Virginia Wight, M.D., President of the National American Shorthair Club, as a consultant. This is the kind of reference book that is likely to please and inform its audience. It not only provides the facts, it makes them come alive for its readers. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617721434
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Cat-Ographies Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: IG920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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