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M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet

M is for Meow 

From saber-toothed to tabby, cats have had a prominent place in human history, society, and hearts. Now cat lovers of all ages can discover what’s lurking behind kitty’s twitching tail and bewitching eyes in M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet.

Beginning readers enjoy the simple rhymes, while older children discover facts about each letter topic in the accompanying sidebar expository.

M is for Meow
Feed me, pet me, come and play.
Let me out, please go away!
A cat fits all these thoughts somehow
into the tiny word MEOW!

General topics such as breeds, behavior, and cat care alternate with charming anecdotal entries. Lavish paintings of cat and owner appeal to enthusiasts of all ages. A back section on cat stats and feline facts provides even more information for pet owners.

Robert Papp’s award-winning artwork includes hundreds of illustrations for major publishers across the United States, and his first children’s book, The Scarlet Stockings Spy, was named an IRATeachers’ Choice in 2005. Robert lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Pet therapy…

According to journalist Odean Cusack, “Anyone who has ever owned a pet will readily verify the benefits of associating with furred, feathered, or finned friends. Animals are fun to be with and comforting to hold. Pets enable owners to reach outside themselves and to put aside fears of an uncertain future. “Pets live in the immediate moment, and interacting with them makes us keenly aware of the present with all its joys and idiosyncrasies.”

“A pet is an island of sanity in what appears to be an insane world. Friendship retains its traditional values and securities in one’s relationship with one’s pet. Whether a dog, cat, bird, fish, turtle, or what have you, one can rely upon the fact that one’s pet will always remain a faithful, intimate, non-competitive friend — regardless of the good or ill fortune life brings us.”
Dr. Boris Levinson, child psychologist

“Reading this book is a journey through history-with visions of Charles Dickens, the Sphinx, and a visit to a modern day veterinarian’s office. This book is highly recommended and is guaranteed to enchant young cat lovers who seek a deeper understanding of their feline friends.”

~Children’s Literature

“A book that I recently fell in love with and highly recommend for every cat lover, both young and old, is much more than an alphabet book, as the simple title implies. “M Is For Meow”, a 2007 publication published by Sleeping Bear Press, takes an informative look into the world of cats. It also has outstanding, realistic artwork that makes this book a standout! A small taste of what a treat this book is:He came in muddy and covered in mites.

He was skinny and hungry and scarred from fights.

Now he’s plump and sassy and smug.

He owns the house. It took a week.

The book is written by Helen Wilbur, a former librarian and a cat
aficionado who has rescued numerous cats from the streets of New York.”

Kalamazoo Public Library staff

“Very informative and educational , as well. I loved it. I would recommend this book for gifts, as an excellent addition to both teachers’ libraries and for personal collections . Definitely recommended for cat lovers and young people. Parts of it just make you go ” Awwwwww” and other parts are so very informative , I was amazed.”

~L. Grange
Customer review from

“M is for Meow is an alphabet book your child can grow with but never outgrow. Each page shows the upper- and lower- case letter and features the poetry of Helen L. Wilbur, a former librarian and lifelong cat lover. M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet is beautiful, entertaining and educational. It is a perfect addition to the collections of ailurophiles of every age (and if you don’t already know what that word means, you will after perusing this book.)

~Dawn W. Peterson
The Bloomsbury Review,
May/June 2007

M is for Meow:

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2007 National Best Books Finalist in the Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Non-Fiction category
2007 Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion winner – Books for Children category
2007 Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion winner – Fort Dodge/Healthy Cats for Life Turning Point Award
2007 Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion winner – Kuykendall Image Award (illustration)
2007 ASPCA® Henry Bergh Children’s Book Honor – Illustration Category

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