Cats

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Cats are a perennial favorite with young kids. Filled with great tips and guidelines for kids getting their first cat. Lavishly illustrated with full-color, up-close photographs, Seymour Simon captures cats as they hunt, give birth, and play.

Ages: 5 - 9

Discusses the history, physical characteristics, behavior, and various breeds of cats, and provides basic information on caring for one as a pet....

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Overview

Cats are a perennial favorite with young kids. Filled with great tips and guidelines for kids getting their first cat. Lavishly illustrated with full-color, up-close photographs, Seymour Simon captures cats as they hunt, give birth, and play.

Ages: 5 - 9

Discusses the history, physical characteristics, behavior, and various breeds of cats, and provides basic information on caring for one as a pet.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Joining over 200 science books by Simon, this vibrantly illustrated informational book includes charming and unique photographs plus text, which informs and delights. Out from the endpapers stare four different cats with the intensity of ones about to pounce. Simon contrasts the behavior of cats with dogs, gives a bit of the history of domesticated cats, highlights the unique characteristics of cats such as their ability to see in the dark, their great climbing and jumping abilities, and their quirky eating habits. Simon also includes information on birth (with a mention of mating), the science behind feline characteristics, and a bit about the over 100 cat breeds currently in existence. One page suggests things to think about before acquiring a cat as a pet. The "awww" factor is high in this book, but the winsome pictures are backed by plenty of good information. There are no picture captions, index, or notes to assist report writers, but otherwise it is a thoroughly enjoyable look at cats and kittens. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Intended primarily as introductions for prospective pet owners, these books will please even those who already own a cat or dog. The striking color photos, including many close-ups, create a feeling of intimacy. Some of the images show the animals in active postures, such as the one of a cat tumbling through the air, headed toward a cushion. Both books begin with a historical look at their subjects, tracing how each species was domesticated. They then explain basic physiological features and behavioral traits, such as body language, birth, and behavior of the young. The final pages discuss characteristics of individual breeds and the responsibilities of pet owners. In his usual fashion, Simon succeeds in addressing his topic in clear, easily understood vocabulary without writing down to children. The smoothly flowing texts are divided into spreads dealing with broad subjects, but they are not labeled as distinct sections. This approach will encourage children to read the book from cover to cover. Dogs has an outline of different breeds, some of which are illustrated with a small portrait. Readers will thoroughly enjoy every word and every photograph in both titles. Combine them with Ruth Berman's My Pet Dog (Lerner, 2000), which features a child researching which dog breed to buy and then raising the young animal.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A matched pair of vintage Simons explores humankind's favorite house pets. Each covers, respectively, cat and dog physiology, infancy and kitten- and puppy-hood, the various different types of cats and dogs (the former organized by hair length, the latter by breed group), and ends with a brief discussion of pet care. They adhere to the well-established Simon format, matching striking photographs to lucid text; very few pictures have captions, however, which is annoying in books that devote so much space to discussing breed individuation. Where they're strong, however, is in the exploration of the biology of their subjects, delivering such morsels as, "You have five million smell cells in your nose. A German shepherd or a bloodhound has more than two hundred million . . . " (cats have 19 million), or, "Cats have whiskers on the chin, over the eyes, and on the backs of their front legs-not just on the upper lip." Solid, if not remarkable, offerings that provide just enough information for primary-graders without overwhelming. (Nonfiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064462549
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 140,223
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Cats

    I love cats so i got this book about cats. If you want to get this book to read you need to know that it is 30 pages, with cute pictures and lots a information. If you get the book and you need the words bigger you will have to tap the words two times in a row to get it bigger and smaller. If you want the book just after you read this review you will have to said "yes" this is helpful before you get the book.

    33 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    'I always enjoy loooking at the pictures the nook color offers!'

    The only word that can describse this book is......AWESOME! thats all i can say.

    17 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    This books really pops on the NookColor

    Informative, interesting, and the ability to pop the text up bigger and zoom in on the photos is just great. First photo-essay (rather than illustrated) kids' book on the NookColor, and it is really a winner for this device.

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww

    I love kittens!!!!!!

    14 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Nice informational book for 3rd-th5 grade readers

    While this book is full of information, the words are a bit small, even for those with good vision. And since it is a children's eBook, you can tap the text and it will enlarge to a scrollable screen that allows the reader to still see the pictures. That being said, it is readable and the photos are very cute and colorful. This would be a good additional book for children thinking about getting a cat as a pet who really want to know more about what cats are and how they live their lives. It also makes excellent reading for science reports or a non-fiction book report about cats as an animal.

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    This book is the cats meowwwwwwwwwww!

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    This is a very good book!

    I would reccomend this book to someone thats a cat lover or if you want to learn about how a cat lands on all four paws from jumping off anything.You should atleast read the sample, thats what I did and it was good...see Im a real big cat lover so I love these kind of books!but this book should be free because every little kid should be able to read the whole book without buying!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    OMG!!

    I love kittys there sooo cute and cuddly

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    AWESOMEST book ever

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    i do not like cats

    i don't like cats but this book is good, it almost makes me wanna like cats!

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Hi

    Awesome

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Cats

    I LOVE CATS

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Dont Hate

    Dont hate on cats cuz they are awsome!!!!

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Doveclaw

    Could you help me with the ads if you can thanks if not thats fine. But the book is called Pete the cat. And if you do help with the ads tell them to put their name in the rp post or at the end. ~Doveclaw

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    I love cats!

    It looks sooooo cutee!!!!!! I love cats so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Srivlik

    C

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Keyruh

    Can someome write how many pages the book is PLEASE

    7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    ??????????????should i get this book

    I like cats i have two and still want more but i do not want to
    pay 4.00 to get a book about them but the other reviews makr this book sound ggggrrreeeeaaaattt i want to get it but then i don't WHAT SHOULD I DO????????????????????????????????

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2011

    i love this book sooooooooooo much

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    well i do like cats so

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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