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For Those Who Care

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Hamsters
For Those Who Care
Barrie
1994

Hamster care book for a public library? Of course we need materials on hamster care, both in youth and adult collections. This particular book is presented because I think the sub title “For Those Who Care” is weird. Question: does balance in the collection mean we also cater to those who don’t care?

The author comments that the popularity of hamsters is because they have a short tail. Moms, evidently, are spooked by rodents with tails. I guess dads are okay with any kind of rodent.

Aside from the age and the weird title, the content looks okay.  I am concerned about the cat in the 3rd picture below that seems to be assessing the vulnerabilities in the current hamster housing. Poor hamster doesn’t even know he is probably that cat’s next meal.

Mary

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Killer Bees

Killer Bees coverKiller Bees
Pringle
1990

Submitter: I remember this craze about when the government started to warn people that these African bees made it to Brazil and were working their way up north and their affects would be devastating and even deadly. Talk about a crazed government warning…it never did happen, but was a big deal in the early 1990s. This was a children’s book I found in our Children’s section about the topic giving children an insight to the situation. Seems like it was quite a popular book since Worldcat shows almost every major library holding a copy.

Holly: I remember the killer bee craze of the 90s as well. I’m allergic to bees, so I lived in fear of every little honey bee I saw. This was probably a good choice for a public or school library in 1990, but it could have been weeded by Y2K. We had other things to worry about by then anyway.

Save the bees.

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You don’t train cats, cats train you!

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Good Cats
The Complete Guide to Cat Training
Kaplan
1985

Yet another author steps up for a chance to convince me that cats will do what I say. At best, I believe the concept of a “trained cat” is the equivalent of a unicorn. As far as I’m concerned, the only ones trained in this relationship are the humans. All cat owners servants know this. My theory is that these particular authors have a cat so evil, that these poor humans think they have “trained” cats.

Excuse me, I am being paged by some cats to fill bowls with food before they starve.

Mary

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