This is a great book about cats with much information, beautiful pictures, and nice coverage across the cat world. It has bold printed words that may be difficult or not regular vocabulary for most children. Everything is covered from "Who Is Your Cat," "You and Your Cat," "Animal Almanac" to "Words to Know," "Where to Learn More" and the index. One could learn a great deal about cats such as being a unique friend, cats speak, and having fun. The pictures are great. There is a tremendous amount of factual material that is presented in an interesting way. The problem is that the format of the book lends itself to younger children and it might be overlooked by the upper elementary grades. With the help of a good library media specialist or teacher this problem will be solved. This book is part of the "Pet's Point of View" series. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
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Gr 2-5-Pet enthusiasts will enjoy the copious, colorful photos and interesting facts in these books. Each one is written from the animal's viewpoint and focuses on its origins and domestication, behavior, and physiology. Bird has several spreads on individual bird types, and Cat has a chart comparing common breeds. Although there is some discussion of the creatures' basic needs and predilections, these are not pet-care books. Sidebars offer additional tidbits. Time lines indicating important events for these animals through history, directions for using the FactHound search engine to find more information, and listings for pertinent associations are appended. Beginning with their colorful covers, which sport smiling children posing with the featured animals, these titles will draw youngsters. The engaging writing style also makes them perfect choices for reluctant readers.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.