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It's Raining Cats and Cats!

by Jeanne Prevost
illustration by Amelia Hansen
April 2009

ISBN 978-0-940719-06-4
24 pages, color illustrations
$16.95 jacketed cloth

AWARDS
2009 KIND Children's Honor Book
2008 ASPCA Henry Bergh Book Award
2009 ASPCA Henry Bergh Book Award 2008 KIND Children's Book Honor Book
 
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2009 KIND Children's Honor Book

2008 ASPCA Henry Bergh Award Winner in Fiction, Companion Animals

When Jim and his mom return home from the vet with Molly the cat after her surgery, Jim asks, “Why did we keep Molly from having kittens? I like kittens!” In this delightfully illustrated imagined journey into the future, Jim’s mom shows the many ways that Molly’s (and her kittens’) potential for multiplying would change their lives—and not for the better!

It’s Raining Cats—and Cats! will appeal to kids and adults with its delightful, detailed art that encourages looking through the book many times. This is the first children’s picture book to show, vividly and humorously, the importance of neutering. Animal groups and vets will praise it, since spaying and neutering are at the top of their agenda, not only to keep animal populations in check, but to avoid killing millions of unwanted, homeless animals every year.

REVIEWS
“The horrific overpopulation of cats is one of our country’s most tragic animal problems. Let us hope that this charming book will help guide readers to the obvious solution, spay / neuter.
—Bob Barker, Founder, DJ&T Foundation,
former host of
“The Price is Right”
“It’s Raining Cats and Cats! offers a lighthearted look at the serious problem that overpopulation plays in creating homeless animals. This beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking story shows why providing proper care and finding good homes for a growing houseful of cats would be very challenging. In the end, although amused by the cats’ antics, the young reader (and the reader’s parent) realizes that having their feline spayed or neutered is ultimately best not only for the cat but for the community.”
Kathleen Makolinski, DVM,
Director of Veterinary Outreach, ASPCA
“This whimsical book is sure to delight children while explaining the very serious consequences of not spaying and neutering pets. Havoc reigns in its wonderful illustrations of cats and their endearing antics. I wish everyone would read this book and take its important message to heart.”
Nancy Peterson, Feral Cat Program Manager,
The Humane Society of the United States
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeanne Prevost is an elementary school teacher who has worked also as a medical assistant for a veterinary hospital, trained puppies for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and raised chickens, ducks, a goat, and numerous dogs. It’s Raining Cats—and Cats! is her first children’s book.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Amelia Hansen is the illustrator of Gryphon Press titles Are You Ready for Me? and At the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy, as well as nineteen other books exploring the connections between people, animals, and the earth. She lives near Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her husband, artist Paul Nehring, and their two cats, Rabbit and Albert.

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