Spring has arrived, and that means the weather is on its way for doing a lot more outdoor activities. Even so, spending a little time inside with a book — especially one involving a cat, dog or another pet — can be a seasonal highlight as well.
Here are four new pet-themed titles that will brighten up the day for adults and children as well as entertain and inform.
“The Meaning of Meow: What Your Cat Really Thinks!” by Pamela Weintraub (Centennial Books)
Veteran journalist Weintraub has spent the previous two years writing about animal psychology and the animal mind. In “The Meaning of Meow,” she has a series of engaging stories featuring the world’s top experts, veterinarians and pet-owners themselves, opening a window into the minds of felines. Among the features: how to raise a kitten to become a great cat; how to understand your cat's purrs, meows and body language; and how to teach your cat tricks. There is also information covering favorite breeds and the advantages each confers.
“The Meaning of Woof: What Your Dog Really Thinks!” by Pamela Weintraub (Centennial Books)
Weintraub gives dogs their due in “The Meaning of Woof,” exploring the nature of our relationship with our four-legged friends through personal tales, scientific explorations and inspiring stories of how dogs can make us better people. She delves into learning how to decipher all the barks, licks, growls and wags — and get a greater understanding of what your dog is trying to communicate to you, and why.
“Gwen the Rescue Hen” by Leslie Crawford, with illustrations by Sonja Stangl (Stone Pier Press)
A journalist-editor with more than 20 years of experience, San Francisco-based Crawford lives with her children and many pets, among them six chickens. The protagonist in this book is a hen named Gwen, and having spent her whole life in a big egg-laying hen house, she knows very little about what chickens can do (besides lay eggs, of course). Then a tornado turns her world upside down. Using her wits and chicken superpowers, Gwen dodges danger at every turn until she finds safety and friendship with a boy named Mateo. Together they discover how extraordinary an ordinary chicken is. Featuring a bonus section with fun chicken-related facts.
“Sprig the Rescue Pig” by Leslie Crawford, with illustrations by Sonja Stangl (Stone Pier Press)
Crawford and Vienna, Austria-based illustrator Stangl team up again, this time to tell the story of Sprig, who is packed into a fast-moving truck with dozens of other pigs. He doesn’t know where they’re going, but his nose knows there’s something better out there. With one dramatic leap (more like a tumble), Sprig sets out on a pig-centered adventure that leads him to his new best friend, a girl named Rory. The book also contains a bonus section with fun facts about pigs.