Cats: Nature and Nurture (Science Comics)

by Andy Hirsch (Author)

Cats: Nature and Nurture (Science Comics)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Science Comics
In Andy Hirsch's Science Comics: Cats, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger, and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates... and are they even done leaping?Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic--dinosaurs, the solar system, robots, and more. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty year old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Must reading for ailurophiles and ailurophobes alike, this entry in the series explores the physical features that make cats large and small so perfectly adapted for hunting, and also delivers speculative but credible explanations (supported by a substantial list of published scientific studies) for how they develop individual character traits and dispositions, and why they are so popular as pets. All of this is wrapped in an autobiographical, celebrity-style "video" interview with Bean, a former stray who looks back on his life, from being left as a kitten outside an abandoned mall to joining a community of feral creatures to being adopted by "a large, upright, mostly bald mammal." With one eye on informational content and the other on what he dubs the "cute factor," Hirsch fills his neatly drawn cartoon panels with a great array of winsome cats wild and domestic--often shown gleefully pouncing on hapless mice, insects, or other prey but never visibly killing or chowing down. Prospective cat owners should look elsewhere for specific care advice, but along with the eye candy (and guidelines for creating a cat-friendly environment), Hirsch offers plenty of nourishing, chewy tidbits, from the observation that felines either purr or roar but not both to how "trap-neuter-release" programs may be "undomesticating" the stray cat gene pool. VERDICT This guide to understanding cats and cat behavior provides rare insights aplenty, both to middle grade readers with a specific pet in mind and to young naturalists with a general interest in animals wild, domestic, and (in this case) in between.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Andy Hirsch
Andy Hirsch is a cartoonist and illustrator. His graphic novel The Royal Historian of Oz was included on the Young Adult Library Services Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. He has contributed to comics such as Garfield, Adventure Time, and Peanuts.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
First Second
Publication date
August 20, 2019
Science Comics
BISAC categories
JNF003130 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
JNF003040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Cats
JNF062030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Science & Nature
Library of Congress categories
Cartoons and comics
Nonfiction comics
Educational comics

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