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Domestic Shorthair from <a href='' title='Marquette, MI'>Marquette, MI</a>

Valley Cats

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Hi! My name is Valley Cats

I am Domestic Shorthair from Marquette, MI

Nicknames: Boonie and River

Age: 56 years old

Gender: M

Coat: short haired

Education: They're the featured cats of two books, Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River and More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends.

My favorite tricks and treats are: no and cream

Where I hang out: Big Tim's boat shop

My favorite grubs: fish

My pet peeves: rainy days

What I love about my owners: She writes books about me.

My cat hobbies: go on adventures in the Valley

Pet motto: Learn more about us at www.prestonhill-

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Adopted from local animal shelter.

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Spring is getting closer!
Here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, there's still plenty of snow. We cats, though, like to watch snow fall from inside our nice, warm, cozy Valley home!

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03/12/2013 09:04.31 AM Report This Comment
Gretchen Preston's Facebook page on Valley Cats
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01/29/2013 11:19.42 AM Report This Comment
Monopoly of life:a lucky break just when U need it
A rags to riches tale:
On December 31, 1935, the game Monopoly was patented by Charles Darrow, an unemployed engineer in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He struggled with odd jobs to support his family in the years following the great stock market crash of 1929.
This fascinating story of corporate intrigue begins with the 30-year old, The Landlord's Game. It had a lot of the familiar Monopoly features like a "Go to Jail" square and utilities and properties for purchase. With his free time, Darrow modified it, basing his rental properties on his favorite resort town, Atlantic City.
Parker Brothers, at first, turned down Charles Darrow, explaining that his game contained "fifty-two fundamental errors" including: the game took too long to play, the rules were too complicated and there was no clear goal for the winner.
Parker Brothers later offered Charles Darrow royalties, on each new version of Monopoly sets sold. This generous deal made him a millionaire.
In 1970, a few years after Darrow's death, Atlantic City erected a commemorative plaque in his honor. It stands on the Boardwalk, near the corner of Park Place.
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12/27/2012 08:27.32 PM Report This Comment
The Nutcracker Ballet
On December 17, 1892, The Nutcracker ballet premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia. Critics and audience thought it a failure; it was not an instant success.
The adaptation by Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffman (1776-1822).
The score was composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, commissioned by mastermind choreographer Marius Petipa. Tchaikovsky died less than a year later.
The ballet was first performed in the United States in 1944. The Nutcracker has become a classic — many people consider it the most popular ballet in the world.
Mom simply loved seeing her niece's ballet performances for all those special ten Decembers, meow-arvelous and magical memories to remember. Our adorable Sarah played different characters, beginning as a mouse, followed by a flower, a plum fairy and other dancers with enormous grace. How fast time goes, like a blink of an eye.
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12/17/2012 09:23.04 PM Report This Comment
Check out the first "Valley Cats" book!
Gretchen Preston’s “Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River” is the fun and adventurous story of two cats who first meet during a parade and quickly become close friends. Boonie is a bit more daring than River, who is not allowed to leave his yard, but soon Boonie convinces River he can get the trust of his mistress so they can have adventures.

Those adventures happen in the Valley where Boonie and River live, as well as the surrounding areas of their Upper Michigan home. Author Gretchen Preston based the story upon people and cats she knows in her Michigan home, but readers from any location will enjoy reading these stories. Boonie and River are characters children will love—especially cat lovers. They are reminiscent of characters in earlier friend books for children like the “Frog and Toad” series by Arnold Lobel, but the book is more in-depth, with full length chapters, each being in itself a separate story about one of the Valley Cats’ adventures.

The adventures include exploring the outdoors during the winter, visiting a cave at Broken Indian Rock along Lake Superior, and a rainy day picnic, as well as some bathroom antics when the Valley Cats are cooped inside the house in winter. The stories are visual and the reader will follow the action without any trouble, yet the gorgeous illustrations by Karin Neumann provide an added dimension to the stories. These watercolor pencil drawings are brightly colored to attract children, but adults will also be stunned by how perfectly Neumann captures not just the charm of the cats and the story, but the shadows of trees on the snow, the evening sunset and the humor and sadness—all the emotions and tone—of the story.

Besides simply being a fun read, “Valley Cats” is an educational experience for children. One story encompasses the death of a family pet which may help children relate to and understand death. Other stories highlight the outdoors and read almost like educational field trips. Preston includes a glossary of terms at the book’s end for young readers, with such words as “fire circle,” “Ojibwa” and “zucchini.” Children from about third to fifth grade will most enjoy this book, but it also works well as a read-aloud book for younger children, and even adult readers will greatly appreciate the humor and the gentle tone of the stories.

Although I’m an adult, and I have no children, “Valley Cats” was a true pleasure for me to read. It not only made me laugh and smile and marvel over the stunning illustrations, but it brought back feelings of my own childhood and fond memories of my own favorite illustrated stories like “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, and the “George and Martha” stories of James Marshall—the books that first made me love to read and ultimately led to my becoming an author. I have no doubt young children will find that “Valley Cats” will have a similar magical effect upon them.

For more information about author Gretchen Preston, illustrator Kar

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11/30/2012 07:59.27 AM Report This Comment
Another rave review for second Valley Cats book
Tyler Tichelaar's review from the Marquette (Mich.) Monthly (December, 2011)

Boonie and River are back in More Valley Cats, and this new book has all the fun and adventures readers came to expect from the first book of this series, Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River (see December 2010 MM review); this second book also introduces several new friends, both human and feline, and plenty of adventures, fun and games.
Author Gretchen Preston does a marvelous job of balancing her stories and characters with real-life issues children will relate to and learn from.

For example, the book begins with a new cat, Buddy, coming to the Valley. Boonie and River instantly befriend him, but then one day when River sees Boonie playing alone with Buddy, he feels jealous, has a temper tantrum and tells Boonie and Buddy to get out of his yard; fortunately, River soon learns how to have more than one friend.
Other educational stories include a new human neighbor, Winslow, who is blind; the cats learn about blindness, reading Braille, and also watch Winslow save the day by rescuing a lost kitten in the woods because his enhanced hearing allows him to hear the kitten’s cries.
All the stories are set in the Valley, a special neighborhood of families and friends in Upper Michigan; as a special bonus, the book’s end pages have been turned into a map of the Valley.
The cats’ adventures introduce U.P. history and new words to children, ranging from the history of the pasty to the Perseid meteor showers. Many new words like “nocturnal” and “caboodle” are included in a glossary at the end.
Of course, humans and their antics always are interesting and educational to cats. Boonie, River and their friends learn a lot from their human companions, including how to play pranks on three boys, how to stay safe while beekeeping, and the rules to the strange game of baseball.
More Valley Cats brings to life the U.P.’s seasons, and full page colored illustrations throughout make readers pause and marvel over nighttime meteor showers, rainbows that highlight autumn leaves, and scenes of boating and enjoying a very green summer.
A couple of my favorite stories tell of how Boonie and Congo kindly escort a mouse out of their house, and an adventure in a leaking boat. But my favorite story has to be “Road Closed,” when the power goes out in the Valley and everyone gathers to spend the night together, stay warm, and play games.
More Valley Cats is broken into 14 fun stories, short enough to read aloud at bedtime, or for children ages eight to eleven to read on their own.
In the back of the book, Preston thanks her readers and promises, “If you all keep reading…we will keep writing and drawing!” Preston and Neumann currently are at work on the third Valley Cats book.

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11/28/2012 03:50.41 PM Report This Comment
Review of "More Valley Cats"
"More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends" by Gretchen Preston of Marquette, Michigan, picks up where "Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River" left off, but with added depth and new life lessons.
The cats live in the Valley, located in the hills above the south shore of Lake Superior. The area's native animals and plant life of Michigan's Upper Peninsula fill the pages, but new cat- and people-friends will amuse the reader too.
One chapter deals with River's jealousy of newcomer Buddy and how he overcomes his "silly" feeling and adds a new adventurer to his life. Another fun chapter has the cats discovering orphaned kittens during a Valley picnic and seeing them all find new homes.
There's also a science lesson in the chapter "Out All Night" in which the cats learn about fireflies and meteor showers. The cats visit a beehive as well (and are "saved" by person-friend Big Tim from the "buzzing cloud").
But it's the life teachings the Valley Cats learn that really elevate this book.
Buddy is the target of River's unwarranted jealousy, so he too has to learn the meaning of that word. It also concerns Boonie, who's caught in the middle. However, Buddy gets the point across by explaining he doesn't have to go along on their adventures, but there will be times when the three will play together. In fact, River and Buddy ended up playing together, chasing bugs, hunting mice and watching a fat robin eat a big worm -- all the fun things cats like!
In the chapter "Boat Shop Blues," Boonie, River and Buddy enter forbidden territory by entering Big Tim's shop without permission. There they see a band saw, cans of paint, metal boxes filled with tools and a big pile of wood. Of course, misfortune occurs when the cats chase a squirrel, and precious building supplies crash and break in the pursuit.
However, it can be hard for someone to be mad at cats splattered with paint and glue, and Big Tim howls with laughter. The cats also learn their lesson: Never go in Big Tim's boat shop again. There's too much that can go wrong.
All of the tales of adversity in "More Valley Cats" turn out well, and in fun fashion. A game of marble hockey ensues with Buddy, River and Boonie (and fellow cats Leafy and Congo) when the cats are stuck inside as a blizzard rages outside. In "Christmas Catastrophe," trouble is averted when Leafy, stuck in a tall spruce, watches a chipmunk successfully make its way down the tree--and does the same, to the delight of the Valley residents.
The book includes a family gallery with the people and cats of the Valley, and a glossary of terms, such as catcher's squat, fronds, iron ore mine and epoxy.
"More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends" is a wonderful sequel to the original "Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River."

Christie Bleck
Marquette, Michigan

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11/28/2012 03:48.02 PM Report This Comment
Welcome to CC furFriend BOONIE & RIV ER
November Night By Adelaide Crapsey (1878–1914)
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
And fall.

Amaze By Adelaide Crapsey
I know
Not these my hands
And yet I think there was
A woman like me once had hands
Like these.

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Crapsey's life was brief, brilliant, and tinged with tragedy. Her work centered primarily on her confrontation with mortality. Diagnosed with tuberculosis of the brain lining in 1911, she nevertheless spent her brief life ardently pursuing her art.

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11/04/2012 05:01.33 PM Report This Comment
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10/03/2012 03:14.08 PM Report This Comment
Valley Cats books
I've read both books, and have thoroughly enjoyed the Valley Cats' adventures. I have learned about the importance of friendship, loyalty and fun, and I'm an adult. Readers learn about how the cats relate to each other and their humans, and the illustrations complement the life lessons taught.

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10/02/2012 11:29.42 AM Report This Comment

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