The Cat That Changed America: The true Hollywood story of P22 mountain lion Paperback – 21 Oct. 2020
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- Paperback : 150 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1838211519
- ISBN-13 : 978-1838211516
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 0.97 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : 9781838211516 (21 Oct. 2020)
- Reading level : 5 - 10 years
- Language: : English
- Customer reviews:
"This is an interesting tale created around an actual mountain lion born in the mountains of California. His name is P22 which comes from the region where he finally settled. The author has created an intriguing story about this animal who did an amazing thing - he crossed two highways to get to the forest area where he wanted to make his hunting ground and new home. He included a few other animals in the story with whom P22 interacted - a couple opossums, llamas and his father. . . Children will enjoy reading about P22 and cheer him on as he strives to find a new home in spite of the dangers he must face." - Janice Spina, Children's author.
"The book does a great job of bringing P22 and his animal friends to life. It has something of a Disney vibe to it that will suit a younger audience. It's a charming book and the characters all have their own fun personalities. Of course, it isn't just a load of twee fiction. The book includes plenty of fact and insight. It doesn't shy away from the realities of the animal world and you get a good idea of what P22 might have had to face. . .It's a very enjoyable and fun read" - Motherbooker.
"This is a great way to introduce younger kids to the challenges mountain lions are facing in California. You will find this book worth picking up as it is a well balanced blend of reality and fantasy which makes it educational, inspirational and fun to read!" - Purr and Roar
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It will warm your heart, make you sad at times, and have you rooting for P22 all the way. The fact that this is about P22, a real lion is fantastic and made the story come to life even more. I couldn’t help but google all about him when I finished the book and can’t wait to watch the documentary about him. Children will love this entertaining and imaginative retelling of his life.
The other characters in this are brilliant, and there are some important messages in here about conservation and the terrible things humans do to the world, and animals. P22 has an international following, and there is even hope of building a wildlife crossing because of him!
Honestly, if you love animals you will absolutely love this and so will your children. If you’re looking for something heartwarming, based on a real life gorgeous animal that you can connect with, whilst teaching our youngsters about conservation, then check this out!. Highly recommended by me. I can’t wait to continue to follow P22’s journey.
Starting as a young kitten with his mum and brother, the three of them lived together for a few years until the boys were old enough to move on and start their own lives. Along his journey to his new home P22 meets a lot of wildlife. Some friendly, the others not so much. He also needs to navigate his way carefully to avoid the humans and their metal machines.
In all honesty, I’d never heard of P22 and how famous he was in America. The Mountain lion who made Griffith Park, Los Angeles his home. From what I’ve learned is that the Mountain Lions were being monitored and each given a letter P and a number. So p22 was the 22nd Mountain Lion that was monitored and named.
The story isn’t just about P22’s life and him moving from his home to Griffith Park, but also about conservation and what we as a society need to do to help our wildlife. Because P22 moved to an area not known for Mountain Lions, an area more associated with human and smaller animals and he became an overnight star. P22 being in the park led to talks about how to help the lion population and keep them safe.
The book is a fictional account of P22’s life, though a lot of factual information has been kept in to educate children. The chapters were quite short with an illustration at the beginning of each one, which I was underwhelmed with as they are black and white roughly drawn sketches of the lions that to me looked nothing like a Mountain Lion. I prefer children’s books to have colourful, engaging illustration’s in them to bring the story to life.
Overall, it is an intriguing read that mixed factual and fiction together and gave a backstory to P22’s life.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
The Cat That Changed America, brings to the forefront of those developing, sponge-like minds, the conservation issues of hunting animals purely for the thrill and chase, rather than any need or even desire for the food their prey provides. It highlights the way in which our adult greed for excitement and our human desire for expanding into every available space is driving some animals to starvation and extinction, whilst our constant need for 'pest' control, adds poisons in at the root of the food chain, which then work their way up to affect animals right the way at the top!
Then of course, whether we are a youngster of either the human or animal kind, there are the more lifelong lessons to be learned from the story, about how our parents raise and nurture us, preparing us for when it is time to leave our childhood home to discover an independent way of living and make our own mark on the world. How we should pay good attention to the lessons they try to teach us, as they only really want what is best for us. That we are all unique and different individuals, with some of us being eager to get going on our own, whilst others prefer the security of home and family for just that little bit longer! And of course, that not all families are conventional, however diversity is good and acceptable. There can ultimately be no price put on the value of friendships, no matter how ill-matched they may seem and we should never judge others by their appearance. Although almost all of us have to make important choices in life, with P22 choosing to have a place of his own with food enough to eat, over and above having friends and someone special to share his life with.
Tony has countered the serious issues raised by P22's extraordinary journey, with a story that has some real heart and humour, which youngsters can relate to and engage with. The storyline is well constructed and leaves plenty of opportunity for imagination to play a part in the interpretation and understanding of events. The dialogue and narrative is crisp and plain speaking, well suited to its audience. The chapters detailing P22's life up until the present day have been kept short, to keep those young minds engaged and focused - although perhaps there might have been a little mention made about his apparent loneliness without a mate to love and support him, just to highlight that we all need someone to be our special friend sometimes. However, that has been countered by the quirky friendships which P22 strikes up on his perilous journey, with each having been given names and personalities which would appeal to a young reader's sense of fun and mischief.
A fun story, which tackles relationship and environmental issues, at a grass roots level.
The chapters are kept nice and short, with some lovely contemporary illustrations to head each one up, thanks to the lovely artwork of talented English illustrator, Louise Goves.
There is also an end page containing 10 easy to assimilate facts about mountain lions, which are sure to raise more questions from inquisitive little minds.
You can check out the official journey of P22 'The Cat That Changed America' at its dedicated website