M is for Meow
A Cat Alphabet
Helen L. Wilbur
Illustrated by Robert Papp
Sleeping Bear Press, 2007
From the dust jacket: “From saber-toothed to tabby, cats have had a prominent place in human history, society, and hearts. Now cat lovers of all ages can discover what’s lurking behind kitty’s twitching tail and bewitching eyes in M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet.
“Beginning readers enjoy simple rhymes while older children discover facts about each letter topic in the accompanying sidebar expository.
“Matter-of-fact topics such as breeds, behavior, and cat care alternate with charming anecdotal entries. Lavish paintings of cats and owners to appeal to enthusiasts of all ages, and a back section on cat stats and feline facts provides even more information for pet owners.”
I love a pretty cat book. The illustrations are so beautiful its’ hard to focus on the rhymes and the cat facts. Each page begs to be looked at slowly to savor the beauty of the cats. The rhymes are cute and the publisher is right – perfect for younger children. The ‘sidebar expository’ is full of interesting information but the type is small – adult-book small. Usually the typeface for older kids is a bit larger for ease of reading, but not in this book. But don’t let that detract you from getting it for older ones to read; they’ll figure it out and learn a little something along the way.
Rating 4 out of 5 paws because it’s truly a beautiful book but the side information takes away from, rather than enhancing, the overall magic of the cats.