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Children's Nonfiction Cats

Why Do Cats Meow?

Curious Questions About Your Favorite Pets

by (author) Lily Snowden-Fine & Nick Crumpton

WW Norton
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Cats, Pets
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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Charming and educational, Why Do Cats Meow? will teach you everything you’ve always wanted to know about your furry feline companion.

In this new addition to the Curious Questions About Your Favorite Pets series, children will learn everything they’ve always wanted to know about their cats. This book answers questions like, “How long have people kept cats?,” “Why do cats like scratching chairs?,” “What does ‘meow’ mean?,” and “Do cats have nine lives?”

Combining mythological stories—such as how the superstitions surrounding black cats originated and the prominent role cats played in ancient Egyptian worship—with zoological information, Why Do Cats Meow? is a fun, unique reading experience. Children will learn how best to care for their own pet and come to understand why humans and cats have such a special relationship.

About the authors

Lily Snowden-Fine is an illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist living in Vancouver. Since studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design, she has illustrated two children’s books for Thames and Hudson Publishing, as well as illustrated for such clients as the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, Soho House London, the National Film Board of Canada, and Hornet Animation. Her upcoming projects include a third in the series for Thames and Hudson, and a children’s book for Penguin Random House.

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Editorial Reviews

With appealingly naïve styling, Snowden-Fine’s double-page spreads offer gentle humor as cats of vastly different species, colors, and sizes interpret the text… A good addition to the cat canon.—Kirkus Reviews

Fun... With accessible factual answers, this enjoyable picture book will leave even veteran cat-lovers with their info-bank replenished.—The Wall Street Journal

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