Children's LiteratureThis is a rather run-of-the-mill cat care book for children. A short history of the cat as house pet is presented, followed by advice on choosing the right pet for your family, how best to care for your pet and keep it healthy and happy. The book is full of useful information, but falls a little flat. Published in cooperation with the American Humane Association, it is heavily focused on saving cats from shelters. While mentioning that we can buy a cat from a breeder or a pet store, we are told that buying a cat from a breeder is expensive and pet stores do not really care about matching a cat to a family, unlike say, getting a cat from your local Humane Association shelter. The photographs are standard, nothing special and the text of all the photo captions, "Pet Pointer" boxes and "Fast Fact" boxes are direct repeats of the information in the text. For instance, the author spends two full pages on the need to have a collar, information tag and possibly a microchip for your cat in case it gets lost. Then the same advice is repeated in a photo caption and "Pet Pointer" box. For the price, better cat books can easily be found. If you want to support the American Humane Association, go ahead and buy this one. It would be an adequate addition to a collection with other cat books. 2004, Enslow Publishers, Ages 8 to 10.