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Cross-Country Cat: 02/02/20

Cross-Country Cat

Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun is the start of the Henry the siamese cat picture book series. This time Henry and his humans are up in the mountains to enjoy the snow. The children give Henry a brief lesson on how to ski as a joke.

When it's time to go home, Henry gets left behind by accident and has to figure out how to catch up with the car. Henry decides to put what he's learned about skiing to use.

In Henry the Sailor Cat (1994), Henry is a more ordinary cat. The only thing that makes him extraordinary is his love of travel and his fearlessness around water. There are ship cats, so Henry's inclusion on a family sailboat is completely within the realm of possibility.

This book, though, expects us to believe that Henry can take a brief lesson about skiing and try to reverse engineer a pair of cat skis. It was just beyond suspension of disbelief.

The second book in the series is Audubon Cat (1981).

Three stars

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