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Super Cats: True Stories of Felines That Made History

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A fiesta of feline facts for cat lovers everywhere! It's amazing but true: there are approximately 600 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 huma ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Annick Press
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Juli
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm definitely a cat lover...so when I saw the absolutely cute cover of this book, I knew I had to read it! Super Cats: True Stories of Felines that Made History is informative, colorful, and super fun to read!

Chock full of full-color photographs, this book not only tells stories of famous cats, but also gives a lot of history about cats, famous cat owners, brave cats and cats with unusual talents. Each page is colorful and has photographs of just about every sort of cat there is!

This book woul
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a delightful middle grades non-fiction book about cats that starts in early history and ends with today. It tells how cats have been viewed throughout time and how they became domesticated. I learned a lot about the history and one surprising fact was that cats were considered evil so were disposed of in the middle ages. As cats were gone, the rat population increased and that was when the plague was on the rise. Once cats were reintroduced, the plague became almost non-existent. Cats we ...more
Laura
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hey, my mother bread siamese when she was a girl. There were always cats in our house. At one point we had five of them. So, having said all that, I thought I knew everything there was to k now about cats, and though I would be reading the same old stuff that all cat books have.

I was quite wrong.

This is a fantastic, middle-grade reference books, which tells the story of cats, through antidotes, for each stage in their history. And it isn't the stories you have heard before. One very sad story wa
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R
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very entertaining book about cats from their place in history to current times. There were stories mixed with factual information such as Nikola Tesla’s cat, Macak, inspiring him to take a closer look at electricity and Sir Isaac Newton inventing the cat flap so his cat, Spithead, can leave and enter the house without disturbing the scientist. Other very interesting stories described the role cats played on ships and in trenches. Of course, there were many wonderful photographs and il ...more
Mindy
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun little book for kids about all things cat. There are many stories that are cute and other books have been written about many of the cats in this book, but this summarizes things perfectly for kids so they can actually enjoy the stories. The book explains words that would be hard for kids to understand and it explains the history of domestic cats and why they came to be. There were a lot of little things that I learned from this even though I did know quite a bit about the animal to ...more
Connie Fischer
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful book that starts in early history on through today. It depicts how cats have been viewed throughout time. One of the biggest things is when people realized how useful cats were at reducing the rat population and the diseases they carried, they began to understand how wonderful these creatures are.

Cats were worshiped by the Egyptians and Japan loves them and makes statues to them. They were very helpful in World War I and II as they fought along with the soldiers killing rats
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Susan
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you like cats? Even if you don't, you may change your mind about liking cats after reading this! There are facts that I did not know about cats. I did know that cats were worship in ancient Egypt but didn't know that it was illegal to kill cats. There was at that inspired its owner to understanding electricity. The owner was Nicola Telsa and his cat's name was Macak. Did you know that cats worked as spies in the 1960's? I didn't. This factual book is full of facts about cats throughout histor ...more
Kathleen Garber
This is the perfect book for a cat lover. Adult, teen or child if you want to know more about the history of cats, this book will tell you what you want to know. The book talks about a long time ago (Ancient Egypt) and recent (Grumpy Cat). It covers good luck cats, bad luck cats, cat Gods, Working Cats and more.

At the back of the book is a list of places to visit related to these cats, main sources of information on them and books for further reading on each.

You’ll even learn what cat a Meowth f
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Rebecca
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are so many books that tell stories of famous or historic animals for children. But this one may be my favorite ever. The graphic design (even a timeline at the end) combines with the narratives that include some of the most heroic, inventive and beloved cats in known history. As a cat behaviorist and cat aficionado myself, I was repeatedly impressed by the insight the author has to some of the most important cat stories and those times in history when humans and cats coexisted in interest ...more
Brooklyn Cribdon (Kemp)
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-non-fic
I read & evaluated this book for the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable (VCLR) 2019 Information Book Award.
My only complaint about this book is the cover. The content inside is SO GOOD, but the cover immediately makes me think this is going to be a book about cats that just do tricks. Instead, the book actually discusses the role of cats throughout history (34 million years ago to present!). There was also a wide range of sources, an index, and suggestions for further reading. Sort o
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Cat
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a cat lover and cat parent, I can't resist books about cats! this book was so worth the read! I have read some of the stories before, but had no idea Tesla owned one, Or that a cat actually wrote a short piano piece! Some anecdotes are likely to have been heard of before- Egyptians treated cats like gods, used cats as pest control (who hasn't?!), cats as bad luck or evil, etc... but over all nice collection of true tales! May maneki-neko look on the author fondly!
I received a Kindle copy of t
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Literary Soirée
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SUPER CATS reveals everything you wanted to know about felines and more ... in an utterly charming package. A purrfect gift for members of your cat-erie and for yourself, yes? How can you resist a book that features Lil Bub AND Grumpy Cat, the why of cat worship, the ways your furry friend can make you healthier, and the many cat-tributions throughout the ages. Five paws ... I mean Stars!

Happy to receive an ARC from NetGalley and Annick Press. Opinions are mine.

#SuperCats #NetGalley
Bella
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive and artfully curated list of engaging topics. Wasn’t expecting to actually read this book. I checked it out anticipating some big fonts and lots of entertaining illustrations. It turns out it’s in the format I don’t take to: too many words for entertainment, non fiction book written in the style for an intermediate school level audience. I gave it a few pages (on the famous cats section) and went back to the beginning and read from start to finish.
Jeannie
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Readers of all ages will find a good read in this book that has a combination of cat lore, cat facts and true stories. The author lists references and a list of museums to visit. Cat lovers will be pleased to have a book to show the dog lovers.
Nathalie S
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book!
Amy Pickett
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Once I got my paws on Super Cats, I found it to be a purr-fect read for a sunny afternoon! It's a delightfully informative nonfiction title that will be a welcome addition to any "636.8" section!
J.L. Slipak
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A fiesta of feline facts for cat lovers everywhere! It’s amazing but true: there are approximately 600 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
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We have here a collection of stories featuring cats from current day and history, a few being told from the cat's perspective. There is a decent variety - from cats kept as mousers/ratters to therapy cats to mythology and more. The stories are interspersed with facts about cats. This book is aimed at middle grade readers and I'm not sure it has enough really interesting points to keep a child's interest and it seemed a little tossed together, moving on without feeling like a story had been fully ...more
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Elizabeth MacLeod was born on October 21 in Toronto. As a child Liz liked to read Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables books, swim, sing, dance, and hang out with her friends. Encouraged by her parents, she began writing stories and poetry for her own enjoyment at the age of 10, her favorite subjects being mad scientists and tyrants who threatened to take over the world.

Today Liz is inspired by al
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