Firstly I wish to thank Patricia Furstenberg for inviting me to read and review this lovely book Belle Cat: Whiskers on my Mat.
When a stray cat, lost and hurt, is given a second chance she grabs it with all of her… paws!
Based on a true love story between a cat and her human, told with compassion and humor.
Insightful images of the real cat Belle are included to support this poem.
Additional fun, educational chapters:
“Did you know? Fun-tastic cat facts” – Interesting cat facts for young and old.
“Say what? What is a cat’s tail saying?” – Understand the secret language cats and kittens use by moving their tails
“How to… Tracking pet cats” – Just like the big cats, house cats leave footprints everywhere! Be a pet detective in your own back yard.
True story, pet rescue.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I really love these insightful looks at the world through the eyes of these animals both wild and tame. This is the true story of Belle the cat who almost met two untimely endings. Belle was in a terrible state after being brought into the rescue centre and had almost died. Then it was thought that it would be better to put her to sleep because of her injuries but a special someone saw her and wanted to nurse her back to life. Now that isn’t where the story ends but where it begins ………
This is a wonderful poem of how Belle sees the world and the people who look after her, well when she allows them to of course. And how the people who she allows in her life love her. There are some delightful pictures of the real Belle too and some cat facts of what to watch for to tell you how a cat is feeling. You may even be able to tell what your cat has been up to if you can find their paw prints from the rain, in the mud or snow.
A lovely story to be shared with children and afterwards games to play, if you have a cat to guess the mood of what she is in! Delightful and insightful wagging tails to share.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia Furstenberg is a skilled children’s book author, poetess and mother, known for her uplifting, charming themes and lovable, enchanting characters: dogs, cats, elephants, cheetahs, lions, but also squirrels and snails.
Her words “truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!”
Her book “Joyful Trouble” is an Amazon Bestseller.
Her book of poems “As Good As Gold” became a #1 New Release the day it was published.
With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain and education and the psychology behind it. Using her knowledge she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. Her stories are filled with “creativity and vivid imagery” and she knows how to “capture the reader’s imagination.”
Her prolific writing is described as: positive, diverse, crisp, joyful and uplifting.
Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents.
As a winner of the Write Your Own Christie Competition, the Judges “were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style”. The judges thought Patricia’s writing style is “well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense”, “confident and intriguing”. The Judges were Mathew Prichard, David Brawn from Harper Collins UK and Daniel Mallory from Harper Collins US.
When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read and dance. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.
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