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True Stories about Dogs and Cats   By: (1787-1860)

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True Stories about Dogs and Cats by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen is a delightful collection of heartwarming tales that will surely captivate any animal lover. Follen's writing style is simple yet captivating, making it an enjoyable read for both children and adults alike.

The book is divided into two sections, one dedicated to stories about dogs and the other to tales of cats. Each story offers a unique and endearing perspective on the bond between humans and their furry companions.

One of the standout stories in the dog section is "Fido's Loyalty," which narrates the incredible journey of a devoted dog named Fido who traveled countless miles to reunite with his owner. Follen beautifully portrays the unwavering loyalty and love that dogs are known for, leaving readers with a renewed appreciation for their four-legged friends.

In the cat section, "Whiskers' Adventure" stands out for its adventurous plotline. It follows a curious cat named Whiskers as she embarks on a thrilling escapade that takes her through bustling streets and mysterious alleyways. Follen skillfully captures the elusive and enigmatic nature of cats, leaving readers eager to unravel Whiskers' next adventure.

What sets this book apart is the authenticity of the stories. Follen based them on real-life incidents she encountered, infusing each narrative with genuine emotions and experiences. This adds an extra layer of depth and relatability to the tales, making them resonate with readers on a profound level.

Furthermore, the book's illustrations, by an unknown artist, bring the stories to life with their detailed depictions of the animals and their surroundings. The vivid imagery immerses readers in the tales, fostering a stronger connection between the audience and the characters.

True Stories about Dogs and Cats is not just a collection of entertaining stories; it also conveys valuable life lessons. Through the experiences of these animals, Follen emphasizes important virtues such as loyalty, empathy, and the power of friendship. Readers of all ages will find inspiration and a renewed sense of appreciation for the animals that bring joy and companionship into their lives.

In conclusion, True Stories about Dogs and Cats by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen is a remarkable book that effortlessly captures the essence of the human-animal bond. Through its charming tales and genuine storytelling, it manages to touch the hearts of readers, leaving a lasting impression. Anyone who adores dogs and cats, or simply appreciates uplifting narratives, will find this book a delightful and soul-stirring read.

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With Illustrations by Billings


In a pretty, quiet village in New England lived Mary Chilton. She was a widow. She had two sons; and it was the occupation and the happiness of her life to do all she could to make her boys good and happy. I should say to help and teach them to be good and happy; for boys and girls must make themselves good; and then, of course, they will be happy; and no one can be made good or happy against his will.

I hear some boy or girl who reads this say, "How old were they, and what were their names?" No boy can get along with another boy till he knows his name and age, and so, that you may be sure that they were real, live boys, I will tell you these important facts. The eldest was called Frank, and was nine years old. His brother was called Harry, and was seven. They were very much like other boys, somewhat disposed to have their own way in every thing, and a little vexed when they could not do as they pleased; sometimes really wishing to do right, and be obedient, and make their mother happy.

The little fellows were fond of saying to their mother that when they grew bigger they should take care of her; and the idea that she depended upon them for her happiness often made them stop and think when they were disposed to do a wrong thing... Continue reading book >>

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