3 out of 4 stars
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Jerry & Friends by Christina Kyriacou is a short book giving information to young children about stray cats and ways that one can help them. The author uses a simple and informal tone to express her ideas to the reader.
The book is written from the perspective of a cat called Jerry. Jerry comes from a different world, where all cats have a place to sleep, sufficient food to eat, and someone who loves and cares for them. The writer explains that the problem is that there are too many stray cats but not enough homes to adopt them. A cat must be trapped in a safe way that does not harm it, and then if it is male it must be neutered and if it is female it must be spayed. Then, after the cat is cleaned from ticks and fleas, the cat is nipped on its ears so that other rescuers know that the cat has been neutered or spayed. The writer advises readers to build cat shelters away roads for stray cats, as well as to take a stray cat home with them and keep it safe if they find one in urgent need of a home.
I enjoyed many of this book's characteristics. To be more precise, I found no grammar or spelling mistakes in the text, thereby proving that the book was professionally edited. I also liked the author's simple and informal tone, which helps young readers easily understand her points. Moreover, the writer takes time to explain some words that children will find difficult to comprehend, which not only helps them follow along with the book but also improves their vocabulary. What I liked most about this book was that the author's thoughts were based on facts and statistics, thus making the solutions she provided more believable, persuasive, and realistic.
What I disliked most in the book was that it was too short, as the author did not add sufficient detail in order to expand her ideas and explain her opinions enough.
This book is more suited for young children who love animals. Readers who are interested in helping stray cats will find the text particularly useful.
In summary, I rate this book with 3 out of 4 stars. This is because it was impeccably edited, realistic, and simple. I did not rate it with a perfect score due to the lack of an adequate explanation of the writer's thoughts.
Jerry & Friends
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