We bring you two fun features this Friday. First up is a quick review of a brand-new cat coloring book. This is followed by Friendly Fill-Ins.
Cat Breeds Coloring Book One
When I first heard of this coloring book several weeks ago, I thought, “Well, okay, but that doesn’t sound like as much fun as the coloring books with crazy, artsy designs. How interesting could this book possibly be?”
That, as it turns out, was a stupid question, because this coloring book was created by L. A. Vocelle, whom many of you probably know from her excellent site, The Great Cat. She is also responsible for two previous coloring books (Ancient Egyptian Cats and Medieval Cats) and a history of cats, Revered and Reviled. So if you get this book, you are in for a treat, and you will maybe accidentally learn some things as you color.
This book includes 21 breeds, arranged alphabetically. Each breed is shown in two pictures: the first is a close-up of the cat’s head, accompanied by a short note about the breed’s origins; the second shows the cat against a backdrop appropriate to its origins. The Abyssinian is shown in front of an archaeological find in Ethiopia, for example. Each of these larger pictures includes a fact about the breed or the illustration. The pictures vary in their complexity, so we think there will be something here for everyone.
|Old SoLT works on the Abyssinian.|
|The finished product, complete with|
fancifully colored archaeological
Old SoLT got her pencils out at the first opportunity and started coloring the Abyssinian. It was great fun. She got a little fanciful on the archaeological background, but she tried to make the cat look something like the real thing.
We wholeheartedly recommend Cat Breeds Coloring Book One! It is fun and educational, and when you finish coloring its pages, you will have quite a nice little reference to 21 cat breeds.
The link below is an Amazon Associates link. If you purchase the book through this link, old SoLT and I could get some coin for our kibble account. Thank you!
And now to Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by Real Cat Paisley this week, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered by old SoLT, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.
Real Cat Paisley's answers:
1. In the Spring, I look forward to when sometimes the people open a window and I can smell the outdoors. It is so interesting!
2. I would love to have any kind of party. I’ve never even had a birthday party. Can you imagine?
Old SoLT's answers:
3. Few know this about me, but when I was 8 or 9, I had a pet marble. I guess pet rocks were popular then—not sure how I ended up with a marble though. Anyway, I think his name was Fred. He was a pretty sky-blue color, and I kept him in a little box.
4. No one should go through life without climbing a tree at least once. As a child, I spent many a fine hour up a tree with a book. Good times.