Today at Wrapped in Foil we’re featuring Super Cats: True Stories of Felines That Made History by Elizabeth Macleod.
In this middle grade title, Elizabeth MacLeod delves into the history of cats, including how cats were treated as gods in ancient Egypt. Next she explores cultures that considered cats to be bad luck versus cultures that considered cats to be good luck. She suggests that superstitions against cats in Europe from the 1300s to 1700s may have made the Black Death plague much worse because removing cats allowed mice and rat populations to explode. (The Black death is carried by rodent fleas.)
In addition to being popular pets, cats can be much more. The author reveals some true stories of cat heroism, such as a cat famous for tracking down fish smugglers, two cats that detected electronic bugs in a Dutch embassy in Russia, and therapy cats that save lives. She also has some stories about how cats inspired their owners, from sparks from his cat motivating Nikola Tesla to study electricity, to composers stimulated to write cat-themed music.
Intermixed with the stories are interesting facts about cats, for example how far they can leap or tidbits about different breeds. The back matter includes a timeline of famous cat lives, suggestions for places to visit, and sources for more information.
Super Felines is a “purrfect” choice for young cat owners and others who would like to learn more about these amazing animals. Cuddle up with a copy today!
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