A Cat's View of the World

9781491450505. ea vol: 24p. (Pet Perspectives). ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. 2015. lib. ed. $24.65.
Gr 2–4—These informative books are narrated by a generic animal, though the first and last pages are written in the third person. Several of the eight chapters in each volume focus on the animal's senses and communication, explaining topics such as why dogs sniff each other's bottoms. The author also covers care and training. While Cats, Dogs, and Horses close by introducing a special trait or quality, Reptiles concludes with a section describing popular individual species including bearded dragons, corn snakes, and red-eared sliders. Definitions of highlighted words are listed at the bottom of the spread on which they appear as well as in the glossary: a reader-friendly feature. Two or three critical thinking questions, linked to the Common Core, are included in the back matter. While the conceit of writing these titles from the point of view of the animals feels forced, the focus on senses and communication sets this series apart.
VERDICT Solid contenders.
These books introduce the popular domestic animals in first-person narratives that cover behavior, physical features, and interactions with people. There's some inherent anthropomorphizing going on, but this pet's-eye-view premise is what will attract dog and horse lovers to the otherwise standard overviews. Photos nicely illustrate the text; highlighted words are helpfully defined on their spread. Common Core questions are appended. Reading list. Glos., ind. Review covers these First Facts: Pet Perspectives titles: A Dog's View of the World and A Horse's View of the World.

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