Valya Boutenko has written an adorable children’s book about love, entitled Will You Love Me Still? This small, firm-stock book is about a kitty who “misbehaves,” and each time asks, Will you still love me? The message is simple for us to grasp. Do we love our children despite their negative behavior? Can we separate our love for them and our dislike for their mishaps and mistakes?
Actually, the message could be for anyone concerned about being loved. For example, one page says: “Will you love me even when I keep you up at night?” If our spouse snores, do we stop loving him? Maybe we send him out for Breathe-Right strips, but is it a cause for not loving him? So the book’s message can also be a reminder for adults as they read it to their children or students.
Since Valya’s name is the only one on the cover, I assume she is both the writer ans the illustrator. The book is delightful and would make a great gift for a child.Â It is available from Raw Family (www.rawfamily.com) and sells for $8.95.â™¥
Having been a lifelong cat owner, I thought I knew everything there was to known aboutÂ caring for a feline. I was wrong! Jeanne Adlon and Susan Loganâ€”co-authors of Cat Calls (Square One Publishers)â€”made me realize that I had a lot learn about being a cat owner.
Fortunately, Cat Calls makes my â€œcat re-educationâ€ easy and enjoyable with its several short chapters that include adoption, feeding your cat, health care, and training, as well as loving and creating a good home for your precious pet.
In between the practical information provided are delightful stories about Adlonâ€™s experiences as a cat sitter. All of her tales tie in lessons or valuable tips for cat owners. For example, one time she found a kitten tangled in the handles of a shopping bag, almost choking the cat. Jeanne recommends cutting off all handles before leaving shopping bags around as a plaything (cats like to crawl into things and hide). Other stories show off the more playful side of cats and their owners. Take Farrah and Delilah for instanceâ€”their owner insisted that their food be served in Waterford crystal goblets!
There are also sidebars with feline facts such as: â€œThe average cat spends a third of her lifetime grooming herself.â€ (Note that the authors alternate between using the masculine & feminine.) And thereâ€™s more! There are delightful sketches of cats by Cathy Morrison and a Foreword by the creator of Garfield the Cat, Jim Davis.
Both authors have decades of experience that surpass simply being a cat owner. In addition to being New York Cityâ€™s first full-time cat sitter, Adlon owned a store strictly dedicated to cat items; Logan is currently an editor at Cat Fancy magazine.
A portion of their royalties will be donated to various organizations that deal with animal rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation. Cat Calls is published by Square One Publishers and retails at $14.95 both online and in bookstores. A â€œpurrrfectâ€ gift for soon-to-be cat and seasoned cat owners alike.Â â™¥
NOTE: While working on the review, TIME magazine came out with their Feb. 20th issue. The cover (SEE BELOW) shows two dogs, a small one and a large one together with the cover title: Animal Friendships.Â The * after the title refers to a little note on the bottom of the cover that says: “BFF are not just for humans anymore.” In the article, which is actually entitled “Friends with Benefits,” the author, Carl Zimmer discusses the research being done on animal relationships and how we are not the only species with best friends. He notes that different species experience friendship in different ways and discusses those experiences in dolphins (Females have more fluid relationships than males), Rhesus monkeys, horses, chimpanzees, and baboons.
The similarity between animals and humans in this area of bonding and friendship is more prevalent than we thought. Near the end of the article is the statement that: “Studies of animal friendships may deepen our understanding of how complex the nonhuman world is….”Â Also, the author notes that “The better we understand how friendships change an animal’s physiology—improving its health in the process—the more we can learn about the power of those processes in ourselves.”
I found this article very interesting and also very educational. You can read a hard copy in the library or go online to: