Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends by Rob Laidlaw

Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends by Rob Laidlaw
Pajama Press
ISBN: 978-1927485545
Published: October 15, 2013
Paperback, 64 pages

My son and I spent several nights reading portions of this book and pondering its contents. It's a photo-filled, full of interesting facts kind of book that taught us more about cats, their plights, and the kids who advocate for them. It made us love our own cat Blaisey, whom we adopted six years ago, a whole lot more!

Cat Champions features kids from different parts of the world who love cats and voluntarily give their time and raise awareness and funds to protect them and educate the public about cats. One fact that caught my son's attention is the Black Cat Syndrome, the term used to describe the lower adoption rate of very dark or black cats, maybe because they have been associated with witchcraft for hundreds of years. It made my son and I more sympathetic toward the black cat. Perhaps that's why it's featured on the cover of this book.

We believe this is a book that should be in every school library. It sensitizes a child toward caring for animals and teaches them how they can be useful in helping animals. Cat lovers especially will enjoy the cat stories, particularly the one of now-famous Scarlett, who kept going back into a burning building to rescue all her kittens one by one even though she herself suffered severe burns. That brought tears to my eyes!

The book ends with a cat lover's pledge, resources and links, a glossary and an index. We highly recommend this book to everyone.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura & Son

Disclosure: Thanks to Erin Woods from Pajama Press for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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