Friday, May 3, 2013

Fair Minded Fran - an excellent teaching tool for educators

Fair Minded Fran and the Three Small Black Community Cats, by Linda Elder, provides educators with a tool to teach and inform children about Feral Cats and the issues concerning their growing populations. Feral Cats, or Community Cats, as they are often called, are felines which have been born outside to a mother cat that has most likely always lived outside. If these cats are not introduced to domesticity within the first 10 to 12 weeks of their life, they will most likely never be able to do so. A Feral Cat will rarely live beyond the first one or two years of life because it is often unable to find food.

In Elder's book, young Fran discovers three Community Cats living on school property and is concerned for their well-being. When she tries to get others involved to ensure the cats have food, she discovers a complacent attitude from many around her. Through much persistence, and only after soliciting the help of her school principal, she finally helps get others in her school involved in providing for the care and feeding of the animals.

Dr. Elder, an educational psychologist, skillfully addresses the issue of Feral Cats, while introducing children to the concepts of compassion, persistence, environmental stewardship and critical thinking. 

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