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Herding Cats

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Raising Your Cat
A Complete Illustrated Guide
Amberson
1969

Ah, yes! Another contender for cat “training” is here for your consideration. Cats are frequently featured on this site. (I think the ALA should consider a free kitten and a cardigan with every membership.) Mostly, because I just love the idea of someone thinking cats can be trained. I frequently wish there was a section in the library called “Wishful Thinking.” We can shelve items such as diet books, understanding your parents/kids, how to have an interesting meeting, and, of course, cat training.

The photos are just okay, and the information is dated. I think the death glares from the cats are also maybe a good sign that this book isn’t quite up to par. You must do yourself a favor and look into the world of Cat Flexing we featured last year. I think it remains one of the best books on this site.

Slave to my feline overlords,

Mary

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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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Fun with Chickens

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Joy of Chickens
Nolan
1981

You’ve got to love when an author is excited about something. Evidently, chickens are this guy’s “thing.” Having been around chickens and hatching chicks, I don’t really feel joy. I feel mostly feel irritated by the constant chirping and smell.

This was recently weeded from a youth non-fiction collection. As a book, the content isn’t too bad, and the illustrations of the many breeds of chicken are beautiful. In my opinion, I think this book is more appropriate in the adult section. I will say that most of my adult patrons are usually looking for the small scale farming angle. (One particular patron was interested in dressing her chickens up in little outfits. I didn’t really wants to ask why.) Kids are usually just interested in stories and basic information. This book really doesn’t fit either need.

Fried chicken, anyone?

Mary

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