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by Seymour Simon

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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


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

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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HarperCollins Publishers
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9.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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 300 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 Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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Cats (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Tiffany Torchia More than 1 year ago
The only word that can describse this book is......AWESOME! thats all i can say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Heath Bob More than 1 year ago
AWESOMEST book ever
NoTime2Cook-Reading More than 1 year ago
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.
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I love kittys there sooo cute and cuddly
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Kate Fisher More than 1 year ago
i don't like cats but this book is good, it almost makes me wanna like cats!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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????????????????????????????????
Jordan Pulsifer More than 1 year ago
I love kittens!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the cats meowwwwwwwwwww!
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Calla Svenson More than 1 year ago
well i do like cats so
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My cat Pepper is a very vain cat, and loves looking and talking about herself. I got this book for her so shell look at other cats and see she's not so original. This book has really brought down her ego, and she now only talks about herself half the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont hate on cats cuz they are awsome!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am crazzy bout cats i have lot of cat
Bijan Bouhlev More than 1 year ago
i love this book sooooooooooo much
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