Cheetah

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Overview

Cheetah is the small spotted frog Amelia brings home in a macaroni container. Amelia longs to keep Cheetah forever, but over the course of a week, she comes to understand that his place is back in the wild. Cheetah is based on a true story, and all the characters are real.

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Cheetah

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Overview

Cheetah is the small spotted frog Amelia brings home in a macaroni container. Amelia longs to keep Cheetah forever, but over the course of a week, she comes to understand that his place is back in the wild. Cheetah is based on a true story, and all the characters are real.

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Introduces children to the familiar moral dilemma of taking a wild animal out of nature to keep it as a pet. Recommended."
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"A quirky and entertaining choice for children with an interest in animals, and excellent for all collections."
CM Magazine
"...introduces children to the familiar moral dilemma of taking a wild animal out of nature to keep it as a pet. Recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551434650
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,498,840
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy A. Lewis was born in Ottawa but has spent most of her life near Leaskdale, Ontario, where one of her favourite authors, L. M. Montgomery, wrote many of her books. Wendy always knew she wanted to be a writer, and for years she wrote bits and pieces of stories. She also studied English Literature at the University of Toronto, worked as a tutor, a retail store owner, and in sales, marketing and public relations positions. Finally she realized that to get a story published, you have to finish writing it! So that's what she did.

She is the author of several stories and books used as classroom readers, as well as the picture book In Abby's Hands, and Graveyard Girl, a collection of stories for teens, which received the Canadian Authors' Association Vicky Metcalf Award for excellence in young adult short fiction. To get at the heart of her stories, Wendy has prowled through cemeteries, jumped out of airplanes and counted the eggs of a giant leatherback turtle in Costa Rica.

Sometimes Wendy gets ideas for stories from real events. One day, her daughter came home with a leopard frog she had named Cheetah. During the week that Cheetah lived with the family, Wendy could see how sad Amelia got when grown-ups kept asking "when are you taking the frog back to the pond?" That's how the chapter book, Cheetah, came to be written.

Wendy loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about the writing process and conduct creative writing workshops. She lives in Uxbridge, Ontario with her husband, two daughters, two teddy bear hamsters, a Rag Doll cat, a Betta fish, and occasionally, a visiting frog.

Look! Look what I've done!! The words of an eight year old as he holds up the drawing of a vibrant red fire engine. Oh Graham, that's wonderful.

Really? Oh this is good. You draw a picture and you get a reaction. I could get into this! And so it began. The seed was planted, further watered by bedtime rituals of propping pillows up against his bedroom wall getting into bed to get lost in a family member's reading of The Wind in the Willows.

An unintended lesson learned through those readings that our intrepid illustrator still calls upon in his illustration work is that the viewer will take different things from the illustration and he will add elements to the illustration that may go over some heads, but others will catch them and smile. There's always something to look at.

A graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Graham thought he would stick around the big smoke and in addition to his work as a designer at Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart, he would also cultivate his Flock of Seagulls hair style and work on his dance floor moves. But alas soon follicles started to recede and shoulder pads deflated, so Graham moved back to his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario to contemplate his next career move.

It was in Ottawa that Graham began his freelance illustration and graphic design career. A career that has spawned illustrations for such publishers as Orca Book Publishers, Scholastic Canada, and Meadowside Books of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous Canadian government agencies and private design firms.

He lives in Merrickville, Ontario with a circus star family: his juggling wife, a helldriver daughter, a canine cannonball, and a fire breathing cat.

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Mia turned on her light. She took the lid off Cheetah's box. She couldn't see Cheetah at first. Then she spied her hiding in the grass. Mia ran her finger gently down Cheetah's back. Cheetah trembled.

"Don't be scared, Cheetah," Mia whispered.

She picked Cheetah up and held her close.

"Oh, Cheetah," she said sadly, "am I your monster?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2015

    MIBNJB

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    3rdkid

    Darnit Lena you blew my cover! Lol. I figuered with everyone going to cheetah math as res two no one else had this one:/ lol oh well. <p> Im hungry. Do you like fried chicken? *she asks with a southern accent, drawing out the "fried" like "frrriiiieed chicken"* lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Morgan

    I am

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    Posted January 8, 2015

    Lena

    I cant post there so ta ishow i found u

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    Posted January 6, 2015

    Gem

    Found y'all!

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    Patty

    Yes.

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    Posted October 22, 2014

    Aswome

    You are amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Tails of freedom gen1

    Log 3<p> chetahpaw<br> yesterday while thunderstrike were training the clan was attacked by cyotes! Thunderstrike told me to o to the appritance den while he got to fight. There are more, maybe i will get to fight next time! I was learning hunting when that happenned though! So i had to pounce on amoss ball. While training, before the cyote attack, one apprittance and his mentor got too close and thunderstrike had to chase them away! Well tomorrow i get to learn fighting! Itsgetting late and my sis is getting close. I can not wait for tomorrow!<p>log 4<p> cheetahpaw<br> today was a little lamer then i thought it would be. I did learn some awesome fighting moves, but mapleclan is getting boring again. I just wish something would happen! I hink i will go ask thunderstrike if we can train some more. /5 MINUTES LATER.../ i got what i wanted! So i will be back later! ((For the entertainment of my readers, 2 logs per day will now be posted.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    THE DARK ONES MED

    This is the medical grounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

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    A young tom stimbles in. "H-h-help....." he whispers, falling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Oh.

    "Okay. Oh, where is Nettlestar?"

    Cheetahpaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Icetail

    A young shecat with pure white fur and ice blue eyes padded in. May i join? As deputy if possible.

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    Posted March 4, 2013

    Snowstorm

    Fls on her face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Cheetahwing

    Thank you

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    Posted February 4, 2013

    Nighthawk

    *she watches from a distance, blending in perfectly with the shadows*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Nightstream

    He smiled back.

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    Posted February 1, 2013

    Honeykit

    Hi there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Sunscar

    Curls his tail over his paws.

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    Posted May 2, 2013

    Nettlestar

    Nettlestar looks at Nightstream and smiled meekly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    A warren of rabbits

    A mother rabbit takes her babies outside for the first time. She keeps her ears pricked for the babies first time outside may be there last.

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