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True Stories of Felines That Made History

by Elizabeth MacLeod

EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards Honoree, California Reading Association Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Red Cedar Book Award finalist Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination

A fiesta of feline facts for cat lovers everywhere!

It’s amazing but true: there are approximately six hundred million pet cats around the world! And why not? Not only are they playful, cuddly, and smart, they are also very helpful. Best known as skilled hunters, they can also predict storms and earthquakes, bring comfort to the sick, and have been known to detect diseases in humans.

The love of cats goes back to the ancient Egyptians who worshipped them. Young readers will be fascinated to find out all the rituals attached to cat worship—and will be surprised to discover how cats played a role in the defeat of the Egyptians by the Persians.

In her lively narrative style, author Elizabeth MacLeod recounts the origin of the superstition about black cats—and how owning any cat could have saved your life during the Plague. She explores the role of cats in Japanese and Chinese culture, and provides a useful guide to how cats communicate, both with other cats and with humans.

For the millions of young readers who adore cats, this book will keep them riveted with the many stories and facts about the world’s favorite pet.

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“A colorful layout and plentiful photographs.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 12/21/17

“Photographs, sidebars, a timeline, and other resources create a lively flow of information as MacLeod blends facts with anecdotes to create an entertaining and accessible dive into feline history.”
—Publishers Weekly, 02/12/18

“No cat fancier needs to be told that cats are super. But this fact-filled book will do an excellent job of convincing others . . . highly accessible . . . smart.”
—School Library Journal, 05/18

“A ‘purrfect’ choice for young cat owners and others who would like to learn more about these amazing animals. Cuddle up with a copy today!”
—Wrapped in Foil, 06/11/18

“Will keep readers engaged and entertained for hours.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/06/18

“Lively and well researched . . . informative and enjoyable.”
—CM Reviews, 12/07/18

“An excellent book for browsing.”
—Youth Services Book Review, 01/24/19