All children’s books are not created equal. Excellent children’s books are hard to come by, particularly the rare and few outstanding children’s books that feature cats. Growing up, there was always a cat book in reach. I sure wish Cat and Crow had been one of them!
Cat and Crow by Lisa Fleming is one of those exceptional cat stories. Based on a true story, Cat and Crow features a cat named Cassie and crow named Moses. Cassie and Moses don’t have the typical cat and bird relationship, they have an amazing friendship!
A clip on YouTube showing Cassie and Moses interacting drew Lisa to contact Ann and Wally Collito about writing a book on their unusual story. The clip can be viewed here.
After watching the video, the book became even more vivid to me. It is really an amazing phenomenon that the cat and crow could put aside their primary instincts to hurt each other, and feed each other!
Featured in the February 20, 2012 Time Magazine, an article about the science behind animal friendships, mentions Cat and Crow!
“[Animals] use a lot of cues such as the size and fitness of potential pretty to determine if it’s worth trying to go for a kill. (This might help explain the popular online clip of a cat that seems to befriend a crow – a very large and very smart bird that would not succumb easily.)” –Time Magazine, Animal Friendships.
Cat and Crow can be purchased online at Barnes and Nobles here.
The book is visually appealing, with beautiful illustrations done by Anne Marie Dominik-Harris. The back of the book features pictures of the Collitos and real life pictures of Cassie and Moses. There are also clips of news articles featuring Cassie and Moses and fun facts about Crows and Cats.
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And very exciting, Lisa has given me a copy of Cat and Crow with some fun bookmarks to giveaway! So please enter the giveaway by commenting on this post. Please leave your email so I can contact you if you win. Anonymous entries will be ignored.