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The Silent Miaow (1964)
Tekijä: Paul Gallico
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Have you ever been adopted by a stray? The Silent Miaow is is a how-to manual for homeless cats on finding homes. It's authored by one with personal experience! Each chapter addresses each phase of training the new family to provide new kitty's every wish. The clever instrucions are accompanied by irresistible illustrations.
I love Paul Gallico. I also am an ailurophile (a word used several times in this charming book). I loved the premise of the book - that a housecat used her owners' electric typewriter to write a manual for kittens on how to take over a household - and keep it.
The gender differences described are a little - um - dated, for example references to how women and cats are alike in that they manipulate men into providing them treats, or Gallico's discovery that the cat in question is female, causing him to state, "...the author reveals herself to be a 'she,' though even without this admission the sheer bitchery contained in many passages of this illuminating textbook could be ascribed only to the distaff side."
However, most of the book is very funny and apt for anyone who's ever owned or known a cat.
Even more charming than the cat's instruction to kittens on the various issues of note is the accompanying photo diary of the cat suspected to be the "writer." I would recommend the book just for the pictures and captions. Taken by photographer and cat owner Suzanne Szasz, they really bring the lessons of the book to life.
I checked this book out from the school library at least 30 times in 3 or 4 years. LOVED it. One of my first 'cat book' memories.
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A delightful manual which instructs stray kittens and homeless cats in how to obtain, captivate, and dominate the families of their choice. 200 black-and-white photographs.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)636.8Technology and Application of Knowledge Agriculture & related technologies Animal husbandry Cats
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There's more, but really you should have the delight of reading them for yourself! so I will stop here. I am sure anyone who loves cats would be charmed by this book, and the photographs, while all black-and-white, are so perfectly composed with precise focus and contrast, you almost forget there's no color to them.
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