Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends

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Around the world, young people are making a difference in the lives of cats. In Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, meet kids who are helping at shelters, fostering kittens, volunteering with sterilization programs, and caring for abandoned cats. Animal advocate Rob Laidlaw brings readers a hopeful, inspiring look at the issues facing domesticated and feral cats, and the "Cat Champions" who are working to help them.
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Overview

Around the world, young people are making a difference in the lives of cats. In Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, meet kids who are helping at shelters, fostering kittens, volunteering with sterilization programs, and caring for abandoned cats. Animal advocate Rob Laidlaw brings readers a hopeful, inspiring look at the issues facing domesticated and feral cats, and the "Cat Champions" who are working to help them.
Informational sidebars throughout the book describe issues facing cats ("The Cat’s Out of the Bag") as well as good-news feline facts ("The Cat’s Meow"). Filled with colour photographs and real-life stories, Cat Champions will inspire and empower readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
. . . the book's centerpiece is the "cat champions," or young people (some eight or nine years old) who have gone above and beyond to make life better for felines. . . . The list of organizations where kids can learn about ways they can help is extensive and useful.
Resource Links
The information is easily accessible and the stories are engaging and heart-warming . . . This is a wonderful book for any animal lover.
Quill & Quire
Written in a clear unpreachy style and brimming with lovely full-colour photos, this is an ideal volume for any young cat lover . . .
CM Magazine
Laidlaw, author of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, now provides a book that will empower youth to help homeless cats . . . Attractive sidebars contain tidbits of information that will be of interest to cat lovers . . . Highly Recommended. - CM Magazine ****/4
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 3–6—Laidlaw takes children's love of cats and combines it with their interest in making a difference by introducing young people who are working to save these animals. The book begins with a chapter about cats in general-their history, attributes, breeds, and cat shows. He then describes "Cat Champions" in the United States and Canada and their efforts to help abandoned, injured, or homeless felines: a girl who helps trap and neuter cats in a colony near her home, high school students who construct outdoor shelters for feral cats, and others. Unfortunately, the book design can impede readers' efforts to extract the information successfully. Each spread includes several photos and so many facts in the main text, in sidebars, and in captions that the book is visually overwhelming. Still, the kids' actions should inspire readers to get involved with rescue efforts in their own communities. This title would be useful for its information on young people and their determination to protect cats everywhere.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
As he did in No Shelter Here (2012), Laidlaw offers a brief history and basic details about a particular kind of companion animal (in this case, cats) and recognizes individuals and organizations who advocate and care for them. Feline fanciers and casual browsers alike will be attracted by the numerous photos—generally three to seven per double-page spread. Posed or candid, stock photos or personalized portraits, the pictures vary in size and placement but are crisp and colorful for the most part. They showcase oodles of cute cats and playful kittens, some accompanied by the humans who love them. The text, meanwhile, explores a variety of related topics, each covered in a few short paragraphs. From a young girl in China who speaks up against animal exploitation to Canadian and U.S. citizens, primarily children and teens, who volunteer in shelters, raise funds or tend to feral cats, the author profiles people making a difference. He also explains how cats behave, what they need and how readers can help. The friendly, conversational tone begins in the first few pages with a personal note that addresses readers directly and continues throughout. Backmatter includes a "Cat Lover's Pledge" as well as a page of Web resources, a glossary and an index. The straightforward message, good examples and plentiful resources may well combine to inspire new advocates. (Nonfiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781927485316
  • Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 382,780
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Laidlaw has devoted his life to protecting animals and empowering others to do the same. He is the founder of several animal protection organizations, including Zoocheck Canada, and an author of 5 children's books about animal welfare and activism. No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs won the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award; it and its companion book, Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends, have both been Hackmatack Award nominees. Rob lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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