The True-or-False Book of Cats

The True-or-False Book of Cats

by Patricia Lauber, Rosalyn Schanzer
     
 

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Do cats dream? Can they see in the dark? Are a cat's whiskers feelers? Do they really have nine lives? Patricia Lauber uses a true-or-false format to explore the questions that many cat lovers wonder about and to share fascinating details on feline history, science, legend, language, and mysteries. Rosalyn Schanzer's well-researched illustrations add to the whimsy

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Do cats dream? Can they see in the dark? Are a cat's whiskers feelers? Do they really have nine lives? Patricia Lauber uses a true-or-false format to explore the questions that many cat lovers wonder about and to share fascinating details on feline history, science, legend, language, and mysteries. Rosalyn Schanzer's well-researched illustrations add to the whimsy and fun—and are likely to make readers yearn for a cat of their own if they don't already have one.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
Young feline lovers will delight in this book, made just for them. Lauber lists several popular conceptions of cats, and then goes on to explain, in a clear format, why each is true or false. Using a 32-page picture book format, this book provides just the right amount of information for the beginning reader, and remains interesting enough to keep young ones hooked. Rosalyn Schanzer's whimsical illustrations are a welcome addition, although some pictures, such as the one showing a cat singing opera, may confuse young readers as to what is true and what is false. On the whole, though, this book will be "purr-fect" nonfiction reading for the young cat lover.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--A delightful look at the behavior of these popular pets. A brief history of cats and their interaction with people serves as an introduction to the 15 true-or-false sentences that are presented on single- and double-page spreads. Children will love to test their knowledge about beliefs such as "cats have nine live," "cats have dreams," "cats can see in total darkness," and "cats have a hard time coming down trees." For each statement, facts are reinforced, myths dispelled, and new information is presented. Schanzer's paintings depicting felines in various poses and positions clearly illustrate behavioral signals sent with tails, ears, and fur. The animals have expressive faces that are humorous but never silly, and the artwork successfully enhances the text. A book that will frequently stray from the shelf.--Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792266945
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
1st Paperback
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.49(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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