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The American Shorthair Cat
ISBN: 9780736813006
Author: Mattern, Joanne
Publisher: Edge Books
Published: June 2002
Retail: $23.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Fascinate your readers with feline facts and fun! This series will lure even the most reluctant students and pique their curiosity about cats. Fashioned after our wildly popular series Learning about Dogs and Learning about Horses, these books highlight the physical characteristics, demeanor, history, and special features of twelve of the most popular cat breeds. Special sections on what judges look for at cat shows and how to care for each breed also are included. This series explores and supports the standard "The Living Environment: Diversity of Life," as required by the Benchmarks for Science Literacy: Project 2061.
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Physical Information: 0.35" H x 8.62" L x 6.32" W 48 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Early Elementary, Animals
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring)
Because much of the information included in these four high-interest volumes is identical--often word for word--readers interested in learning about more than one breed will find this series of books redundant and boring. The color photographs of beautiful cats have great appeal, but the plodding texts will not generate enthusiasm and contain too little information to be of much use. Lists of books, organizations, and websites are appended. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Learning about Cats titles: [cf2]The American Shorthair Cat, The Manx Cat, The Ocicat[cf1], and [cf2]The Oriental Cat[cf1].] Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 April)

Gr 2–4—These dry, wordy volumes cover the history, unique characteristics, and care of a wide range of breeds. While readers in the younger part of the grade range are likely to be attracted to the books' design, which features large photographs and bright, bold colors, the dense texts will be easier for older readers to navigate. Also, there is a heavy emphasis on breeding and registries that goes beyond the needs of most readers. For further information, readers are instructed to visit the Facthound website and enter a code (the book's ISBN), an extra step that yields disappointing results. These are strictly for libraries requiring specific information on breeding cats or on a wider range of cat breeds than most series offer.

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