"Jerry (a cat) likes to eat cantaloupe. The Cantaloupe Cat is a delightful picturebook story that has as its overall message to young readers ages 3 to 7 that every animal and every person is special and unique in their own particular way. Mitzi Lymna's lovely illustrations are a perfect counterpoint for Jan Yager's engaging story. The Cantaloupe Cat is further enhanced by a page of suggested questions parents and teachers can explore with children in learning and appreciating what is special about each of them. Highly recommended for shcool and library picturebook collections."
Midwest Book Review
The Children's Bookwatch
"The Cantaloupe Cat will delight every child who follows his paw steps. Jan Yager has created the "purrfect" self-esteem-enhancing pet."
Barbara Shook Hazen
Author of more than 50 children's books, including City Cats, Country Cats and The Gorilla Did It.
"A charming debut by a talented artist whose pictures work well with a cute story to convey an affectionate message about friendship, feline and human."
Children's Book Illustrator, Tacky the Penguin
"I really like the Cantaloupe Cat and I think children and parents will like it too! I found myself smilling as I was reading and that's a nice sign."
Children's Librarian, Westport Public Library
"I read this book to my 5-year-old daughter and it quickly became one of her favorites. I found the text playful and fun to read. The drawings are wonderful."
Artist and Art Teacher
The Cantaloupe Cat is a whimsical, light- hearted animal story about a cat. Written lovingly by Sociologist, Jan Yager, her illustrated cat book for children has a strong message: it's okay to be different. Jerry the cat is unique; he likes cantaloupe.
Dr. Jan Yager, who has a Ph.D in Sociology from City University in New York, uses Jerry to show youngster's in the 3 to 7 year old age group that everyone is unique and special in his or her own way. The easy-to read animal picture book delights even the youngest kids who quickly pick up the cadence and flavor of the book whether they can read or not.
Although Yager is the author of 21 adult books to include: When Friendship Hurts; Business Protocol; Friendshifts; The Vegetable Passion and Making Your Office Work for You, the Cantaloupe Cat marks her debut as a children's book writer.
Yager, a fervent cat lover, wrote the story about Jerry, the original cantaloupe cat, more than a decade ago, but it wasn't until she met Westport, Connecticut illustrator Mitzi Lyman that the book became a reality. She and Yager collaborated on the version you see here today.
Lyman, with a degree in human development from the Univeristy of Massachusetts and an equally fervent cat lover, jumped at the chance to illustrate this book (her first children's book illustration) because she feels, "...a child's development is dependent upon his or her feelings of positive self-worth and self-esteem, an underlying theme of The Canataloupe Cat."
The 32 page, hard-cover picture book is guaranteed to entertain and inspire. The book also includes a suggested page of questions that parents and teachers can explore with their young readers.