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#blogbookaday: I Am a Cat

20 Apr

I Am a Cat.jpgSummary:  “A simple housecat named Simon encounters some bigger cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger, and Cheetah. Each of the big cats has something to say about Simon not being “cat” enough. According to them, he just doesn’t measure up. He doesn’t have Lion’s mane or Cheetah’s spots. He doesn’t sleep in trees like Panther or climb mountains like Puma. He’s small and fuzzy, not big and strong. But ultimately, Simon shows the big cats that he’s just like them . . . only smaller.

A celebration of both individuality and community, I Am a Cat is a strong debut that shows we’re all more alike than we think . . . if we look closely enough.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A housecat, named Simon, must convince some much larger cats, that he too is a cat. The big cats all describe something that makes them a cat and Simon shows them all that they are all different and all the same.

Personal Reaction: I loved this story of celebrating our differences and more importantly our similarities. Simon has all the features of a cat, he’s just a bit smaller. I really liked that all the big cats gave specific examples of what made them cats, that wasn’t similar to other cats until Simon pointed out these differences. I think this would be a great title share in a classroom to celebrate student differences and to create a community of learning and a celebration of similarities as well. This story can be the start of a great discussion in a science class as well – when learning about genus and species.

Title: I Am a Cat
Author: Galia Bernstein
Illustrator: Galia Bernstein
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: February 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: I Love Cats!

4 Apr

33930079Summary:  “Cat lovers of all ages will revel in this delightful ode to feline friends!

By bestselling author-illustrator duo Sue Stainton and Bob Staake, this companion to the wildly popular I Love Dogs! is full of hairy cats and scaredy cats, dancing cats and prancing cats—all of them ready to steal your heart through vibrant illustrations and energetic text.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little girl states all the different types of cat that she loves and (spoiler alert) she loves them all!

Personal Reaction: Although the stigma is that librarians are cat people, I’m more of a dog person, but I’m not anti-cat by any means, and this book just made me smile throughout it as the cats of all colors, patterns and shapes could be found across the pages. I also loved that the little girl has a darker complexion – it really has nothing to do with the story, but everything to do with it as well. A little girl will be able to see herself in this story and that is a very powerful thing.

Title: I Love Cats!
Author: Sue Stainton
Illustrator: Bob Staake
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: December 26, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: I Am the Boss of This Chair

8 Mar

35939898.jpgSummary:  ““I, Oswald Minklehoff Honey Bunny III, am the boss of this chair. You may look at it, and you may walk by it, but you may not sit in it. 
Because I am the boss of this chair, and that’s that.”

Oswald Minklehoff Honey Bunny III has always been top cat. Then Pom Pom the kitten comes along and suddenly Oswald isn’t the boss of everything anymore—not the toilet paper, food dish, back door, toy mouse, or even his own special chair. Will Oswald realize that life is more fun when you have a friend—and that, really, there’s plenty of room on the chair to share? A fun picture book with a comforting message for any kid with a new sibling.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Oswald likes being in charge of the household, but finds it much more difficult when a new kitten shows up. And when the kitten sleeps in Oswald’s chair and plays with his mouse, Oswald has had enough! This sweet story about accepting a new sibling into the family is a great read aloud for cats and kids alike! The illustrations are filled with bright, bold colors and onomatopoeia words that give the story more depth as the cats chase each other around the house.

Personal Reaction: From the perspective of an only-cat this story about change in a family dynamic is sure to be a hit with kids as a new sibling enters the household. I love that it pointed out Oswald’s feelings of not being too sure of this new kitten, to being really upset and finally learning what fun it can be to share (but still have a few of your own things as well). Kids will definitely relate to all of of Oswald’s feelings and the story is a great way to start a conversation with a preschooler about how a new sibling will change the family, but also make it better.

Title: I Am the Boss of This Chair
Author: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrator: Marisa Morea
Publisher: Sterling’s Children Books
Publication Date: March 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: Big Cat, Little Cat

12 Jan

26158605.jpgSummary:  “There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn’t come back.

This is a poignant story, told in measured text and bold black-and-white illustrations about life and the act of moving on.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Well, this one hit me right in the feels. It is a simple story of cat with simple text and simple drawings until you turn the page and then it becomes the powerful story of loss, grief and new beginnings. If you ever need a title to suggest to someone who has recently lost a pet, then you definitely need to suggest this book, it’s absolutely perfect in it’s simplicity with simple ink drawings and a message that you won’t soon forget.

Personal Reaction: I’m a librarian that prefers dogs to cats, not to say I dislike cats, I just prefer dogs. But, I’m sure you can imagine the number of comments and jokes one hears about being a cat-lady. That being said, I began this story, not knowing where it was headed, in fact, enjoying the friendship of the cats, until you turn that page and BOOM – the truth hits you in an unexpected way. And honestly, I almost started tearing up. It’s amazing how just the right words, written in just the right way can ring so true and profound, but that’s what Elisha Cooper was able to do in this book.

Title: Big Cat, Little Cat
Author: Elisha Cooper
Illustrator: Elisha Cooper
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Picture Book Month: Cats

18 Nov

18Observation is the name of this game in this creative picture book when one cat is shown in a variety of ways from the perspective of different animals. I think this is a great title for preschoolers and early elementary school age children to look at the world in a very different way. Pick out something at home and draw how it might look from different perspectives to make your out picture book just like They All Saw a Cat.
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