The blurb on the back cover asks the question: 

‘Have you ever wondered:

  • If cats really have nine lives?
  • Where the saying ‘letting the cat out of the bag’ comes from?
  • Whether black cats are good luck or bad?
  • Why cats always land on their feet?
  • Why the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats?

The answers to these and many other feline conundrums are packed within the covers of this little book.

And so it was that I found myself browsing through this little book of feline facts and folklore written by Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Caroline Smith.

It’s a fascinating book full of different gems which you may already know, but I bet, like me, there were tons of things that you didn‘t know.  Did you know, for example, that the collective noun for cats is a clowder? This only applies to grown up cats. A group of kittens is called a kindle!

Published in hardback by Macmillan it costs £5.99 in the UK and the ISBN number is: 1-4050-6710-1

A Cats Prayer

Lead me down all the right paths,
Keep me from fleas, bees, and baths.
Let me in should it storm,
Keep me safe, fed, and warm.


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