Cover image for Super cats : true stories of felines that made history / Elizabeth MacLeod.
Super cats : true stories of felines that made history / Elizabeth MacLeod.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Annick Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
92 pages : illustrations (chiefly coloured) ; 25 cm
"This book outlines how playful, cuddly, helpful, and smart cats have been throughout history as icons of worship, skilled hunters, comforters to the sick, faithful companions, and detectors of diseases in humans. The author recounts the origins of superstitions regarding black cats, explores the role of cats in Japanese and Chinese cultures, and provides a useful guide to how cats communicate with other cats and with humans."-- Provided by publisher.


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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 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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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this photo-filled outing, MacLeod touches on the evolution of domesticated house cats and notes humans' changing perceptions of cats, from being worshiped in ancient Egypt to being associated with witchcraft in medieval Europe. A section on "inspiring cats" includes Macak, Nicola Tesla's childhood cat, who helped spark his interest in understanding electricity one dry, staticky night. Cats have even worked as spies: in the 1960s, two Siamese cats responded to the high-pitched noise created by a Russian bug hidden in the Dutch embassy. 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. Ages 8-11. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.