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#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!


#MGBookmas Day 12: A Book With Love As a Theme

24 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

Dewey the Cat or otherwise titled Library Pets

25 Mar

IMG_1234Let me start off by saying, my library does not have a library cat (although that would be kind of cool).  We actually have a turtle and for all of you thinking a turtle doesn’t seem very interactive, well then, you’ve never experienced a turtle in the library before!  When I first started working in the library here, there were no pets and I petitioned strongly for one (knowing full well that it would be my responsibility).  And conveniently enough, my dad was looking at offloading his pet turtle and he was very willing to donate her to the library.  So one weekend I drove home and drove back spending 5 hours in the car with a turtle not very happy with the situation and as they say, the rest is history!

Tera, is around 12 years old, and very sociable!  She loves the kids who visit her (some of who I think only come to the library to see the turtle) and she entertains our staff as well.  She literally begs for food in the morning, will follow fingers along her tank and loves being the center of attention.  For some kids and families, this is the closest to a pet they’ll have and its a great conversation starter for kids who are hesitant in the library, a quick, “Have you seen our turtle?” Usually makes them much more comfortable and willing to talk to the librarians.  It’s also a great learning tool for kids interested in animals – we have a sign with a few key points about turtles, but we’ve also made sure to have a couple books on the shelf that talk about turtles as well.

You may not be able to have a cat in your library, but think about fish, a turtle, a hamster – something small, but something that kids can connect with!  And it’s a great way to create programs too – I’m thinking about doing a birthday party for her this year and when we had to have the library sprayed for pests Tera came home with me for a week and the kids wrote postcards to her.  She really is a great addition to our library family!

How to Train a Train

26 Nov

Chugga-chugga chugga-chugga choo choo! If you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season for the train-lover in your family, you’ll definitely have to pick up How to Train a Train! Jason Carter Eaton’s text is full of fun and humor and pairs perfectly with John Rocco’s illustrations. Using pet tips directly relatable to kids, Eaton’s text teaches children how to pick out the train best suited for them, how to bring it home, and help it adjust to life at home (read aloud books and a warm bath). Kids will absolutely love to learn how to train for their very own train with the delightful story!

Title: How to Train a Train
Author: Jason Carter Eaton
Illustrator: John Rocco
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: 2013

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