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Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
     

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

by MacLeod
 

Did you know that cats can smell over 200 million different scents? Or that you can communicate with your cat just by blinking?

These are just a few of the cat facts to discover in this ultimate companion book for young cat owners and admirers. How did cats and humans begin to live together? How were cats treated in ancient times? Why do cats like to bump

Overview

Did you know that cats can smell over 200 million different scents? Or that you can communicate with your cat just by blinking?

These are just a few of the cat facts to discover in this ultimate companion book for young cat owners and admirers. How did cats and humans begin to live together? How were cats treated in ancient times? Why do cats like to bump up against you? How do you know if a cat is pedigreed? Here you'll find the answers to these and many more questions, plus lore, legends, superstitions, hero-stories, quizzes and cat training tips.

Feline Facts:
? The Chartreux breed's rounded forehead and long, narrow muzzle make it look like it's always smiling
? Famed English scientist Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat flap for his cat Spithead
? Long ago in Burma, cats were owned by royalty and priests, and legends say that each cat had its very own servant
? A cat's ear contains 32 muscles - compared to a human's 6
? A cat named Ninja once traveled more than 850 miles to find its old house
? The Turkish Van cat actually likes swimming

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
... is evidence of both the care and the sense of fun that went into the creation of this happy hodgepodge of cat facts.—Kirkus Reviews

This is clearly a book for fans, by a fan.—School Library Journal

A handy resource for feline lovers of all ages—Books for Growing Minds

Books for Growing Minds
A handy resource for feline lovers of all ages
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Have you ever wondered why cats have whiskers? Do you want to know why they scratch the furniture? Do cats really have nine lives? Can they really see in the dark? Many of the myths you have heard about cats are explained and demystified in this enjoyable and informative book. The four main sections of this book focus on the history of cats, the many types of cats, the unique physical features of cats, and how cats communicate. Each page begins with a common question about cats, and the answer that follows is simple and straightforward. The everyday language of the book adds to its charm and appeal. Interspersed throughout the book are pictures of adorable cats of all shapes and sizes, in all kinds of predicaments. Learning about cats has never been more fun. This book is the companion to the well-known Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

MacLeod writes competently and enthusiastically in this companion to Stanley Coren's Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? (Kids Can, 2006). Topics include why cats hate water, black cat superstitions, and famous cat lovers. Though the information is loosely organized in chapters, there is a conversational, Q & A feel to its distribution. This is clearly a book for fans, by a fan. There is a lot of anecdotal material and heavy use of speculative phrases such as "One story says" and "Historians believe," but no references to back anything up. The layout is cat friendly, with a fish-bone motif along the tops of the pages and plenty of beautiful color pictures of cats and kittens, wild and domestic, doing their thing. Readers who want to sit back and glory in all things moggy will enjoy this book and the tidbits it offers. It is a good supplemental purchase where animal books are popular or where shelves are already stocked with pet-care titles and variety is needed.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Canadian MacLeod has assembled a varied list of questions and topics concerning North America's most popular pet (there are 10 million more cats as pets than dogs). The usual subjects are covered: purring, Bas the Egyptian goddess, largest and smallest breeds, wild origins and catnip. There are also some surprises, such as two legends illustrating the Prophet Mohammed's love of cats and the feline origin of the world's rarest coffee, Kopi Luwak (which will please seekers of the gross). Three matching quizzes (with the answers inverted below), a chart to calculate your cat's human age and simple guidelines to train your feline add an interactive twist. Serious researchers will need further resources, but the casual browser and the curious will be quite satisfied with the clear, concise text and the many photographs of happy kitties of various ages, sizes and breeds. The recurring fishbone motif decorating the pages is evidence of both the care and the sense of fun that went into the creation of this happy hodgepodge of cat facts. (Nonfiction. 7-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554531967
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
793,933
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

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