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The Adventures of Long Tail by Nan Schroeder

The Adventures of Long Tail

by Nan Schroeder

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738835048, Paperback)

This book is based upon a family of cats that have human characteristics. The animal families face challenging problems with wild dogs and other cats. They learn to trust humans who give them loving care and kindness. An unusual friendship occurs between cats and squirrels as they learn to trust each other.

The book is for children aged 8-12, however, every adult who has read it said they not only enjoyed it, but were left with a loving, lasting feeling, which they thought would be a wonderful influence for children to share. Anyone who loves animals will love this story.


The book would be a good one for a family read. Many good points are given without being preachy. There is human-animal relationship, kindness, sacrifice, and courage. Parents should be aware that the author does not idealize the lives of feral cats. While there are happy, fluffy times, we also see that the cats have to be ever vigilant in a hostile world, as their world is sometimes violent. Their struggle to survive is well told within the context of the story and their reasons to distrust humans painful. There is a death early in the story that could bring tears. There is still a lot fun in the book and there are humans who act out of kindness. There are heartwarming scenes where the older cats begin to trust humans.
By Mack Lundy

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:45 -0400)

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