Catscapades, By Patricia L. Fry
Review by R.J. Peters
In this collection, there is a cat story for everyone, either one you've known or owned, or more likely, owned you. You can read them to be entertained -- and you will be -- but don't overlook the underlying value of the lessons illustrated by each one. This is the kind of book you give to friends, family, or anyone you know who may be having "issues" with a cat, and where gentle enlightenment might be just the ticket to help someone reach a best outcome.
Without being instructional, the stories inherently teach compassion and tolerance, and that with an understanding of cats' unique needs, great relationships can, and should, be built, for all of us are enriched by it. Let your heart swell with happiness when Sammy helps his unwilling guardian learn how to love him. Go ahead and smile big when Cassidy is rescued from an industrial site and finds a safe home with someone who cared so much she couldn't ignore him until Monday when she'd be back to work. And revel in the memory of those cats who loved with complete devotion as described in these inspiring tales.
Illustrated with photos of the actual cats described, the stories feel all the more real. It's hard to believe they aren't from a stock photo collection, however, because they are so nicely done. My guess is that either the author, or someone in the family, has more than a passing awareness of cameras. These are not the plain vanilla snapshots found in most family albums.
You can find this book at Amazon.com by simply searching in the Books category for the title, "Catscapades." It's the only one! Or, you can contact the author directly to order the book, too. It's only $12.95 and is 130 pages long, in paperback. Go to www.matilijapress.com.
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