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The Adventures of Cafe the Cat-Cefa Finds a Home by Cristine Caton
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 17, 2011)
Cousins Cristine Caton and Judy Ryan grew up in St. Louis, Missouri Cristine Caton started her career as an elementary school teacher. She taught for 7 years before going on to other ventures. She ended her career as the owner of a print and copy shop where she did the layout and design for her customers using various computer graphics programs. After retiring she decided to put both of these careers together to create the series of children’s pictures called "The Adventures of Cefa the Cat". Cris did the writing and worked on the illustrations using her computer skills while Judy drew the characters and facial expressions. Working together Cefa the Cat became a reality. Judy Drmacich Ryan has always been involved in drawing, painting and music. Of the two creative roads possible she chose to follow the music path first. She started a degree in Music Education then, after life happened and more than a few years passed, she finished that degree - better late than never. Still enjoying painting, drawing and music she is also an avid gardener. When her cousin Cris asked her to help with illustrating "The Adventures of Cefa the Cat" she was thrilled to say yes. This is her first venture into cartooning and is looking forward to more adventures with Cefa. Cefa’s stories are based on the adventures of the Caton’s second Russian Blue cat. He was full of energy and got into a variety of sticky situations which made for some funny stories. "The Adventures of Cefa the Cat" is a great read for elementary students who can read by themselves or by parents for those little ones who don’t know how to read yet. They are working on the second book in the series. Watch for its release soon.
Cefa is a cat found at an animal shelter. She is getting adopted by a man she calls Drugu. It means friend in Russian. Cefa is a Russian Blue Cat. Cefa enjoys her experiences in a new house, exploring all she can. She loves to sit on the windowsill and look outside watching the world go by. When Drugu allows Cefa to go outside, she is nervous at first. She has never been outside, so the soft grass beneath her feet feels funny, but she likes it. The sun is warm, but noises from cars and trucks scare her. Her owner comforts her, reassuring her that she is all right. Then Cefa finds a beautiful tall tree to explore while her owner is busy working in the yard. What will happen when she climbs up and can't get down?
The Adventures of Cefa the Cat is a simply delightful story that tells the adventure of a curious cat. Children will be able to relate to Cefa's curiousity, yet understand the message that sometimes our curiosity can get the better of us and we can find ourselves in trouble, so we must always be careful and use our common sense. For cat lovers big and small, and for anyone who has recently found a cat and has become a new pet owner, each will enjoy this 32 page picture book.