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Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?    by Elizabeth Macleod order for
Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
by Elizabeth Macleod
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Kids Can, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Deb Kincaid

Author Elizabeth Macleod relates the intriguing history of cat-human relationships from the time of the early Egyptian empire to today in Why Do Cats Have Whiskers? She suggests explanations for typical cat behavior, discusses why they became popular pets, and gives names of some famous cat lovers (Albert Einstein was one).

Cats have been worshiped and considered omens of good luck, as well as associated with witchcraft and burned at the stake. Macleod digs up some surprising myths, folklore, and cat trivia, too. She even tells you how to read cat body language.

Admitting that no one knows for sure how cats became domesticated, she suspects it started when cats moved nearer to Egyptian farms to feed on field mice and snakes, and grateful Egyptians eventually took the helpful cats into their homes. English settlers were among those who brought cats to North America. To help us appreciate feline beauty and variety, breed snapshots are included in Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Elizabeth Macleod has written dozens of books for children ages 1 to 12, including the Snapshots Biographies series. With an imaginative gift for making nonfiction fun, intriguing and exciting, Macleod delivers yet again, inciting greater respect for the common housecat, who is not so common after all.

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