Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-RudmanSpellbinding photos of elegant Himalayan cats with huge blue eyes are the feature of this library title. Focusing on the Himalayan's beginnings as a genetics experiment between a Siamese and a Persian cat in the 1930s, the book invites discussion of life sciences. The cat's sweet, calm, and playful nature is explored with full-page, color photographs of Himalayans of nearly every hue. There are no photographs of these cats with children. The "pointing gene" and other information on the breed's colors are discussed in the chapter "Coat and Color," while its extensive grooming requirements are covered in the chapter entitled "Care." Large type, short sentences, and clear graphics help even below-level readers gain confidence in chapters beginning with "Lions, Tigers, and Cats," where a brief history of the cat is discussed, through to "Buying a Kitten." Definitions of "genetics," "nutrient," "points," "purebred," and "tabby" are listed in a small glossary, along with 10 other words common to all ABDO "Cats" series books. The subchapter on Web sites provides links to further study on Himalayan cats by directing readers to www.abdopub.com. Himalayan Cats is part of the "ABDO Checkerboard Animal LibraryCats Set IV" breed-specific books. Parents, librarians, and teachers will want to collect them all, since each is well written, engaging, and captures the essence of its particular breed while supporting national science standards related to life science.
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