Cats can do many things -- they can mew and purr, they can bristle and scratch, they can ""yawn right in your face"", but ever since Abe Lincoln died they have lost the ability to laugh. For as legend has it, Abe Lincoln's favorite hobby was cats, and apparently the cats knew it. Each time he told a funny story, whether on an Illinois farm, in his own modest home or in the White House, the kitten on his lap would stretch her face into a broad smile. Even during the somber days of the Civil War Lincoln found time for his favorite creatures. And perhaps the magnetic quality that made the great man a great leader was transmitted to lower animals as well. The young reader will have to determine after viewing these large gentle illustrations in one color and reading these anecdotes, whether this is fact or fancy.