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Do cats really have a sixth sense? War hero, world traveler, adventurer, bodyguard—not the first descriptions that come to mind when we think of cats. But in this collection of true stories about the fascinating behavior of cats around the world readers will meet Grover, who saved his owners’ lives when their house caught fire. And Sugar, who spent fourteen months trekking 1,500 miles from California back home to Oklahoma.
Marilyn Singer offers a collection of inspiring cat stories, providing a historical framework and behavioral context to explain each cat’s actions. Cats to the Rescue is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Marilyn Singer is the author of more than seventy books for young readers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jean Cassels has illustrated more than fifty natural history books for children. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Grade 3-6–Singer's appreciative volume introduces cat after cat that has proven itself a hero. After a brief history of the feline's relationship with humans, the book is divided into chapters showcasing different instances in which these animals have been heroic. There are examples of fictional felines, such as Puss in Boots, and real-life cats like Bonnie, a British tortoiseshell that fought off a pair of burglars trying to steal dog food from a warehouse in 2001. Singer stretches the definition of heroism with the inclusion of chapters highlighting cats as muse, world traveler, and jack-of-all-trades. (The example of a cat that was elected mayor of Guffey, CO, in a publicity stunt is more daft than daring.) But this is a minor quibble. Cassel's black-and-white illustrations are realistic and expressive. The extensive bibliography has a good balance of text and online sources. Cat lovers will thoroughly enjoy this well-organized and entertaining work and the marvelous cats described in it, who often show that the easiest way to be a hero is to be a loving and dedicated friend.–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2006. Condition: New. Jean Cassels (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0805074333
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0805074333