They All Saw a Cat

They All Saw a Cat

Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Chronicle Books

America’s Review: Each animal has a different visual perception of the world around them. The illustrations created by Brendan Wenzel in They All Saw a Cat display the unique view of a cat through a variety of species. As a cat prows through the world with his whiskers, ears and paws, the animals see him in a variety of ways: as colorful dots as a bee has a limited vision, or in the colors they are themselves–black and white like a skunk. The worms merely see a dark shadow cross their path as they are under ground and the cat is passing them above on the ground. Each different animal sees the cat as a friend, foe, or possibly a mere part of the passing scenery.

As you turn the pages, the reader is given the opportunity to also see how the cat is viewed. It isn’t until the end of the story, when the reader is asked the simple question, how does the cat view himself?

In the Classroom: As you turn the pages of this book, you can ask your young reader (actually this book would be a great read for the Middle School age as well as the elementary audience) why the cat is viewed in this manner? The illustrations differ from page to page, so the discussion should vary base on the drawings given on the pages associated with the different species.

The given perspectives of how the different animals “All Saw a Cat” leads itself to a simple classroom discussion: how do we see ourselves verse how others view us? Ask multiple questions defining “others.” Others can be peers, teachers, parents, family members, etc. Do these perspectives differ based on the environments of our relationships?

As the reader concludes the book, your audience will have differing opinions on how the cat views itself. Will the cat see itself as a shadow, as spots, as a black and white vision? These answers can also reveal how your reader views themselves. These discussions (or journal entry for your older audience) can allow you to see into the heart, brain and soul of your student. I love activities giving you access to the souls of your students. You can be the difference in a life. A story can open discussions which don’t get answered from a direct morning question, “How are you?” Fine is a common answer, but with a story about a cat and views of animals, you may find a different answer is given other than fine.


My Nature Sticker Activity Books

Bookshelf Blurb: Unique paint by sticker and coloring book in these awesome nonfiction activity books for kids of all ages. Thanks to the quiz at the back even adults can appreciate these books.

America’s Review:
Fun times can be found in these new activity books by Olivia Cosneau–there are three to chose from making the decision easy for the kid who knows what they like or the decision can be daunting due to the dynamic selection presented: At the seashore, Butterflies of the World or In the Age of Dinosaurs. Each book has a double page spread of pictures with facts placed on every page. The placement of the facts do not distract from the coloring and picture placement, but help enlighten the reader about the page they are illustrating. The fact boxes also tell the reader what stickers are needed and what object needs to be colored giving an interactive experience. The reader has the ability to add more if they want or they can rearrange the stickers based on the texture of the paper.
At the end of each book is a nine multiple choice quiz and to find the answers you need to have read the facts found throughout the book. To find the key to the quiz you simply have to flip the book upside down. I learned about sand dunes and Monarch Butterflies while also having the opportunity to place bloody teeth on a T-Rex–loved this! Each book offered me different coloring and sticker options, but also challenged my wisdom on objects I thought I already knew about all within a price I would gladly pay to give my boys something to do on road trips!

In the classroom:
Unfortunately, these books do not offer themselves to a classroom set as there is only one set of stickers in the middle of the book; however, they do offer a great idea for teachers to suggest to their students for summer reading. These make great travel books for kids on planes, boats or cars. They are light, fun and easy to transport! Summer is quickly approaching and putting together a reading list is helpful to parents. As a store you can create suggested reading lists for your parents who come in even without an endorsement from their teachers. These lists can offer themes and you can even have displays for travel.

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