I Am the Cat, Don't Forget That : Feline Expressions (BOOKRING)

by Valerie Shaff, Roy Blount Jr. | Pets & Animals |
ISBN: 006056041x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Pyan of Menasha, Wisconsin USA on 2/12/2005
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12 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Pyan from Menasha, Wisconsin USA on Saturday, February 12, 2005
I received this book as a gift, but would like to share it with some of my fellow Bookcrossing cat lovers before placing it in my permanent collection (since it was a gift from hubby). So I'll be starting a Bookring.

It's a hardcover, 104 pages filled with delightful black & white cat photos, and each cat is accompanied by short poems or statements, some in Haiku. Even if you don't like the poems, the pictures are worth looking at by themselves.

It's a very fast read; you can easily go through it in less than an hour, but pausing to savor the photos might take a wee bit longer ;)

Here's one to give you an idea:

Have you ever seen anything whiter than me?
I am as white as a being can be.
And fluffy, am I? And beautiful? Very.
And by the way I just ate the canary.

And another (because I can't resist):

I'll get
There how
I get there, when
Do. Felines don't

Journal Entry 2 by Pyan from Menasha, Wisconsin USA on Monday, February 14, 2005
Okay, here's the list of participants in order:

DP31 - Illinois
Mysteryfan03 - Missouri
Sistert - Maryland
Shaunesay - Kansas
Megi53 - Virginia
Spazcat - Florida
Tchouli - Georgia
Tammychi - Hawaii
DEESSE - France
Libertine101 - Australia
AsianWaterfall - Florida
Pyan (back to me) - Wisconsin

When you receive this book, please keep in mind the following bookring rules

Please journal the book as soon as you receive it so I know it has arrived safely.

Please read the book, if at all possible, within a maximum of 2-4 weeks. I know that all of us are busy and all of us are on other rings/rays, but this is a fairly short book.

Please be considerate of the others in this ring. If you are not able to read the book within or close to the prescribed time, ask that it be sent on to the next person and then PM me to let me know.

If requested, I will add you to the end of the list so that you will still have an opportunity to read it later.

After you read the book, please journal again with your comments, and PM the next person in line to get their address.

Also, please PM me to let me know the book is on its way so that I can update it's status here and in my profile. A link to the book will be on my profile page and I will be monitoring it's status and updating it.

Thank you to everyone who joined. If you have any questions, please PM me. I always answer my PMs within a day so if you don't hear back, please try again in case the PM didn't go through.

Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 3 by Pyan at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 14, 2005

Released 15 yrs ago (2/14/2005 UTC) at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



Mailed today to DP31 ... enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by DP31 from Jacksonville, Illinois USA on Saturday, February 19, 2005
What a great book! Having three cats who live with me, both the pictures and text were so true. The only thing missing was a picture of a cat curled in a very small place, eg a box, basket or bag (a standard at least here). Vaterie Shaff's pictures are great, she must have great patience or extreme luck in taking her cat pictures.

I will send on to mysteryfan03 on Monday. Enjoy, enjoy!!!!!

Journal Entry 5 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Sunday, February 27, 2005
Got this in the mail yesterday! It looks great! I have a book in front of it and then will get to this one! Thanks

Journal Entry 6 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Well, mom and us cats read this book today on her lunch hour! I loved all the black and white pics, how classy (I am a cow cat myself). What wonderful poetry and ramblings from these cats! I was dismayed that a few dogs got in the pictures, but mom thinks they are cute with the cats (she can be a little weird sometimes)
This was a delightful book and mom will soon be sending it on to another lucky cat and/or cat lover!

The book was a great idea, but none of the cats are as regal and beautiful as ME! --Sylvia

Journal Entry 7 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Monday, March 28, 2005
Perfect timing! It's a dreary, rainy day, and a lousy day at work. Bundled up in a fleece blanket on the sofa, looking at adorable kitties!

Thanks Pyan for having this ring.

Journal Entry 8 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, March 29, 2005
So cute! Read it with my husband while fixing dinner last night. Though some of the little bits of poetry don't always work, this is a gem of a book for the black & white pictures alone! On its way to Shaunesay next.

P.S. Now of course I want a kitty more than ever. Wait until we get a house first? Uhm... why again?

Journal Entry 9 by sistert at mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Book Relay -- Controlled Releases on Friday, April 01, 2005

Released 15 yrs ago (4/1/2005 UTC) at mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Book Relay -- Controlled Releases



On its way to shaunesay as part of a bookring. This is SO cute!

Oops, marked this as a relay book. =)

Journal Entry 10 by shaunesay from Olathe, Kansas USA on Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Just received today and have already stopped on some random pages, this looks fun! I will peruse for a bit and then move it along, thanks for the ring Pyan!

Journal Entry 11 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Tuesday, April 19, 2005
The book just now came in the mail (glad I was home early; the mailman stuck it in a precarious place on my balcony). I've never seen such hilarious feline faces! I looked at a half-dozen or so and laughed out loud at "Jeez! My stalker."

Journal Entry 12 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Thursday, April 21, 2005
The photos were excellent. I have the book *Bad Cat* by Jim Edgar, and Valerie Shaff's pictures here were even better because all of the cats were natural -- i.e., not dressed up in sunglasses or hats.

I've seen three photos recently of sexy cats lounging in provocative poses, (one in *Bad Cats* -- captioned, "Got a light, sailor?", one as an avatar on bookrelay.com, and one here) and the one in this book takes the prize! See page 37.

My other favorite photos were the upside-down face that opened the book on page 3; and "Fang" on page 13.

Roy Blount, Jr.'s introduction was droll and enjoyable to read. He referred to his childhood pets as "free range". He shocked me when he said he wouldn't want to see Mencken, a stray he adopted, in the hereafter.

Be sure to read about the buttered kittens! (pages viii-ix) And don't miss Blount's detailed explanation of why Mencken typed:



when she was allowed to use the keyboard.

And don't forget Pepe, who ruined a BOOK!

Loved it, Pyan, thanks for sharing with all of us.

Mailing to spazcat as soon as I can s-q-u-e-e-z-e it into the envelope.

Journal Entry 13 by wingspazcatwing from Mansfield, Ohio USA on Monday, April 25, 2005
Received this about half a hour ago and can tell it's a book I'm going to have to buy for myself. Can't wait to read it tonight!

Journal Entry 14 by wingspazcatwing from Mansfield, Ohio USA on Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Pyan, I loved this book---thanks so much for sharing it!!! My favorites were on pages 55, 65, 71 and 85. I realize I'm prejudiced when it came down to "favorites"---all my favorites resembled my Spazzy. :) Book is on it's way to Tchouli---enjoy! >^.^<

Journal Entry 15 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Sunday, May 01, 2005
recvd today

Journal Entry 16 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Sunday, May 01, 2005
what a purrfect book

the lil scottish fold on page 25 and the sibs "scooby" and "dooby" were two of my favs.

i have incl a pix of one of my cats - tailor - who wanted his photo displayed after seeing all the others.

thanks pyan for the ring - i hope to ship it out this week as soon as i have the addy

Journal Entry 17 by tchouli from Snellville, Georgia USA on Monday, May 02, 2005
mailed today

Journal Entry 18 by Tammychi from Firenze, Toscana Italy on Friday, May 20, 2005
This fun book arrived a couple of days ago and my baby-boy Tigger cannot get enough of its scent. That's him on the photo.

I will not be able to pass this book on to the next participant until after May 28, as she (DEESSE) is currently on holiday and will not be online.

Saturday, May 28, 2005
What an enjoyable book! My husband and I had fun reading it and admiring the beautiful photos. Our Tigger enjoyed sniffing and rubbing his little head against it, and not to mention, using it as a napping spot as mom was attempting to read.

I must confess, pages 26, 27 & 28 had me shedding a tear or two (see photo with next journal entry). I was reminded of my kitty's life before he adopted us and the lives of the countless animals that will never find a home:

Ah, the lives I've been through,
The lofty and the mean.
A slave girl made to dance...Then too,
A gem-laden queen.

The aches of passion and duty,
The grand processions, the wars.
It's all there if you look, the beauty
Of course, and the scars.
-------@--------- Since you've come to the shelter,
Surely you've felt a
Need to free

Released 15 yrs ago (5/28/2005 UTC) at Bookring in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Hawaii USA



On it's way to Déesse, Trognon and their human Karen! Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Monday, June 06, 2005
This book was awaiting me on Sunday when I came back from a weekend Karate-course. What a nice surprise!
The other surprise, prepared by my cat Trognon: parts of my freshly planted flowers on the balcony torn to pieces on the floor... "... your flowers? Ours!"
I've leafed through it already but I'll keep it a little bit longer to read all the verses and the introduction properly.
Thanks so much, Pyan, for sharing this beautiful book with us and thanks everyone for sending it on!

Journal Entry 21 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Friday, June 17, 2005
Thank you Pyan for sharing this with us! Sorry for keeping it so long, but it was such a beautiful book! My boyfriend and I enjoyed every page of the book, we could very often see one of our two "tigers" "saying" exactly the same. (E.g. the poem with the candelabrum - feel free to replace "candelabrum" with any other word for things which can be knocked over, destroyed, eaten...! - I think everyone in this ring knows what I'm talking about!! But that's why we love them, isn't it?)

The story of the poem written by a cat on the computer-keyboard was very funny, too.

It'll travel on to Libertine101 in Australia next week.

edit 20.06.05:
It's on its way!

Journal Entry 22 by libertine101 from Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Friday, August 12, 2005
it has arrived! thanks!
i will read, journal and send it home.

btw, thanks for the postcard DEESSE :)

Journal Entry 23 by Pyan from Menasha, Wisconsin USA on Sunday, August 21, 2005
I've added AsianWaterfall in Florida to receive before it comes home to me. Thanks!

Journal Entry 24 by libertine101 from Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Saturday, September 24, 2005
Lovely b/w photos of various kitties - from seniors to kittens. Indoor, outdoor, close ups, etc. Its all there. And there are some really great photos to enjoy.
There is also text to accompany the photos - usually a bit of poetry. Some of it fits the adjacent photograph well...some of it doesn't. *shrug*
All in all a nice book for us cat lovers.
*sigh* Is there an animal more beautiful than a cat?
I have pmmed the next person in line and am awaiting their reply.

Journal Entry 25 by libertine101 from Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Posted off to asianwaterfall yesterday.

Journal Entry 26 by AsianWaterfall from Deland, Florida USA on Thursday, December 22, 2005
What an adorable book! I have to curl up and read it with Princess (see cute picture) before sending it home to Pyan. Thanks so much for sharing this book and adding me to this bookring! :D

Journal Entry 27 by Pyan from Menasha, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, March 02, 2006
Came safely home today -- thank you everyone who participated!!

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