Friday, March 28, 2014

How To Be a Cat

McClure, Nikki. 2013. HOW TO BE A CAT. New York: Abrams Appleseed. ISBN 9781419705281 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-1]

A kitten learns how to be a cat, i.e. the normal activities in the day of a cat, through interactions with his mother. They engage in activities such as waiting, eating, grooming, playing, etc.

The beauty of this book is in its simplicity. Each double-page spread focuses on one action of a cat, the action being performed by the mother cat and her kitten and the verb identifying the action written in a pale blue font. The illustrations are simple, bold, and black-and-white with an occasional pale blue butterfly as an accent, yet striking.

This book is an excellent choice for kinesthetic learners, as story time listeners can act out each verb during a second reading of the story. Additionally, this book could serve as a catalyst for brainstorming routine activities in a child’s day. 

Other picture books for young children about cats’ activities:
Ipcar, Dahlov. THE CAT AT NIGHT. ISBN 9781934031230
Stutson, Caroline. CATS’ NIGHT OUT. ISBN 9781416940050

By Jennifer E. Richey

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