Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cats

Scholastic. Nov. 2019. 160p. further reading. glossary. index. websites. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781338355833.
Gr 3-5–Hamilton tells the stories of 30 cats from around the world that have inspired literary works, comforted loved ones in their last hours, served important politicians, and more. Packed with heartwarming stories and fun facts, this book will please animal lovers. A different artist illustrates each cat’s account; for instance, the profile of Tama, Japan’s furriest stationmaster, features beautiful watercolors that emulate Japanese artwork. Between each story, readers will find information on cats, including “how to tell if a cat loves you” and tidbits about felines in religion, mythology, war, and show business, accessibly presented in list format.
VERDICT An excellent addition to elementary school libraries and children’s nonfiction collections where animals, especially cats, are popular.

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