Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!
Oh boy, do I have a gem to share with you today!
Perhaps this lovely book particularly appeals to me because its message of loving, losing, and new beginnings strikes a chord with me right now, but I think anyone and everyone can appreciate what it has to offer! I wish I could show you the whole thing – every page! – but you’ll just have to trot right out to the library after PPBF! 🙂
Title: Big Cat, Little Cat
Written & Illustrated By: Elisha Cooper
Roaring Brook Press, March 2017, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-6 years
Themes/Topics: friendship, cycle of life
Opening: “There was a cat who lived alone. Until the day a new cat came…”
Brief Synopsis: Two cats become friends and do everything together until one day the older cat has to go…and he doesn’t come back.
Links To Resources: draw a picture of you and your pet; write a story or poem about your pet; how would you describe your pet to someone who had never met it? talk about what love means – is love for a pet the same as love for a sibling or friend or parent? what are some things that let you know you love someone, or that someone loves you? has a pet you loved ever died? how did it make you feel? what did you do to feel better?
Why I Like This Book: I LOVE this book. It is the most beautiful, perfect, sweet book I’ve read in a long, long time. 186 words of sheer genius. The kind of book every writer (well, at least this one!) dreams of writing. A full, emotionally satisfying, complete story arc in less than 200 words. Simple, yet so evocative. Wonder and delight, learning and play, joy, contentment, friendship, love, grief, endings and beginnings – it’s all here. The art is a perfect complement – simple black and white drawings that convey personality, action, expression, and just enough detail, with one page in gray to show sadness, and a soft glow of pale butternut on just three pages to show warmth and contentment. The text and art are also thoughtfully spaced to give time and distance where needed. A lovely book to gently help children understand life, love, loss, new life and new love. And writers, if you haven’t seen this book, rush out and read it – seriously I am not kidding! – a fabulous example of how to do it right! Definitely in the “wish I wrote that!” category 🙂
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂